Class and the Academy

Kathryn Allan  provides a thoughtful, personal post about her experience of class in the academy.  She delves into issues of both financial stability and writing voice.  A snippet:

” Through such small social and institutionalized codes of conduct, I was always aware of my class status. I sought out others who didn’t see my mispronunciations and gaps in cultural knowledge as signs of my unsuitability for academia (and yes – there were definitely a few individuals who gave me little intellectual credit due to these slippages). I found the silence around matters of money infuriating. In my experience, people who have money are always the ones the least comfortable talking about it – and academia is quiet as a tomb.”

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