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Hands: Physical Labor, Class, and Cultural Work
by Janet Zandy
Rutgers University Press, 2004
Cloth: 978-0-8135-3434-3 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-5676-5 | Paper: 978-0-8135-3435-0
Library of Congress Classification PS228.L33Z365 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 810.9920624

Winner of the 2005 John Hope Franklin Prize

 What are two hands worth?

In linking forms of cultural expression to labor, occupational injuries, and deaths, Hands: Physical Labor, Class, and Cultural Work centers what is usually decentered--the complex culture of working-class people. Janet Zandy begins by examining the literal loss of lives to unsafe jobs and occupational hazards. She asks critical and timely questions about worker representation--who speaks for employees when the mills, mines, factories, and even white-collar cubicles shut down? She presents the voices of working-class writers and artists, and discusses their contribution to knowledge and culture.

This innovative study reveals the flesh and bone beneath the abstractions of labor, class, and culture. It is an essential contribution to the emerging field of working-class studies, offering a hybrid model for bridging communities and non-academic workers to scholars and institutions of knowledge.
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