Title

Border Crossing with Day Laborers and Affordable Housing Activists

Campus

Gainesville

Publication date

12-31-2020

Publisher

Routledge

Book or Journal Information

Routledge Handbook of International Working-Class Studies, edited by Michele Fazio, Christie Launius, and Tim Strangleman, Routledge, 2020, pp. 425-441.

Keywords

Day laborers, Affordable Housing, Activism, Oral History, Photography, Race, Class, Geography

Abstract

This chapter illustrates ways the author used oral history and photography research methods to study two working-class populations in Atlanta, Georgia: day laborers and affordable housing activists. Grounded in an advocacy framework, both projects cross race and social class identity categories and academic disciplinary boundaries while collapsing university and community borders. The scholar-activist routes presented evince local examples of working-class theory and praxis in a southern US metropolis at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Author Biography

Terry Easton is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Georgia, where he teaches literature and composition courses. His book, Raising Our Voices, Breaking the Chain: The Imperial Hotel Occupation as Prophetic Politics, documents activism in affordable housing development in Atlanta since 1990. He has published articles in The Journal of Working-Class Studies, The Journal of Appalachian Studies, and Women’s Studies Quarterly. He contributed a chapter to Teaching Working Class (University of Massachusetts Press).

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Border Crossing with Day Laborers and Affordable Housing Activists

This chapter illustrates ways the author used oral history and photography research methods to study two working-class populations in Atlanta, Georgia: day laborers and affordable housing activists. Grounded in an advocacy framework, both projects cross race and social class identity categories and academic disciplinary boundaries while collapsing university and community borders. The scholar-activist routes presented evince local examples of working-class theory and praxis in a southern US metropolis at the turn of the twenty-first century.