By Lois Weis
Famous pupil Lois Weis first visited town of "Freeway" in her 1990 ebook, operating classification with out paintings. In that e-book we met the scholars and lecturers of Freeway's highschool to appreciate how those working-class fogeys made experience in their lives. Now, fifteen years later, Weis has long past again to highway for sophistication Reunion. This time her concentration is at the now grown-up scholars who're, for the main half, nonetheless operating classification and now suffering to outlive the demanding situations of the worldwide financial system. classification Reunion is an extraordinary and necessary longitudinal ethnographic examine that offers strong, provocative perception into how the lives of those women and men have replaced over the past decades--and what their customers can be for the longer term.
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Probably [City Community College] or [Suburban Community College]. Probably transfer [to a fouryear school]…. My mother wants me to [go to college]. So does my father. My mother has post-education [at a local hospital]. She was a worker there. But my father quit school in the middle of twelfth grade. *** LOIS: What do you hope to do when you leave high school? JERRY: College, but I’m still not certain which one. I’m looking around here, but if I get a scholarship, I’ll go away. Right now it looks pretty good, whether it be sports or educational.
DAVE: But men have to pay child support—a hundred dollars a week… MR. KINDIG: Hey, you talk to many women, they don’t get a penny from their former husbands. What about the guy who just got laid off from the steel plant—how are you going to pay a hundred dollars a week? Dave talked to Mr. Kindig after class and said his dad sends $120 a week for child support. Mr. ” *** A TIME OF PAIN ● 39 Social Studies, December 4, 1985 MR. KINDIG: We were talking yesterday about whether it was a waste of time to educate women, and we concluded that it wasn’t.
ROB: Housework. *** JIM: Yes, I’d like to get married, like to get myself a nice house, with kids. LOIS: Who is going to be taking care of those kids? JIM: Depends how rich I am. If I’m making a good salary, I assume that the wife, if she wanted to, would stay home and tend to the kids. If there was ever a chance when she wanted to go someplace, fine, I’d watch the kids. Nothing wrong with that. Equal responsibility, because when you were consummating the marriage, it was equal responsibility. LOIS: So, you’re willing to assume it?