Monday, August 17, 2009

Book recommendation

"Limbo: Blue Collar Roots, White Collar Dreams" by Alfred Lubrano explores the intersection of class and education. Specifically, Lubrano considers the experience of first-generation college students. The central point is that those of us who grow up in working class families and then earn a degree (or two or three!) end up straddling two worlds. Our education, in some ways, separates us from our working class roots, and yet we may never be completely at home in the white collar world. Sure we can "go home again" and we succeed professionally, but there is some element of not feeling completely at home in either place.

Lubrano combines his personal narrative with interviews and research in this highly-readable book. I read this book many years after my college years and much of it resonated, I found it informative and affirming.

Ok. Happy Monday! Onward!

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