A celebration launching the publication of What the British Know as Class, a collection of papers written by the 2012 Oberlin-in-London students of Professor of Politics Marc Blecher. Now available in print and e-book, the book was edited by Blecher and Devon Rettew.
Blecher’s preface to the collection is paraphrased on amazon.com:
“As the curtain falls on Blood Brothers, the classic Willy Russell musical in which twin brothers reared apart in poor and wealthy homes are both killed in a struggle over power, money and love, the narrator asks: ‘Could it be what we, the English, have come to know as class?’ The play’s 30 year run makes it plain that questions of class have continued to resonate in Britain. Just as it opened in 1983, a new generation of intellectuals and politicians associated with rising neoliberalism began to develop a contrarian discourse that class is dying out. Yet economic inequality has grown exponentially, and the 2008 crash helped bring class back into political focus. In 2012, Oberlin College students interested in exploring these questions came to Britain, where class remains closer to the surface of people’s lives and thinking than in the US. They delved into a wide range of arenas, yet their findings evince one common theme: wherever one looks, class-based inequality and politics are alive and well, and they hurt.”
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