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Class by Laura Harvey, Sarah Leaney and Danny Noble

Synopsis

University of Brighton sociologists Laura Harvey and Sarah Leaney and award-winning comics creator Danny Noble present an utterly unique, illustrated journey through the history, sociology and lived experience of class.

What can class tell us about gentrification, precarious work, the role of elites in society, or access to education? How have thinkers explored class in the past, and how does it affect us today? How does class inform activism and change?

Class: A Graphic Guide challenges simplistic and stigmatising ideas about working-class people, discusses colonialist roots of class systems, and looks at how class intersects with race, sexuality, gender, disability and age. From the publishers of the bestselling Queer: A Graphic History, this is a vibrant, enjoyable introduction for students, community workers, activists and anyone who wants to understand how class functions in their own lives.

Review

I really enjoyed this, it’s such an interesting and intelligent way of looking at something that we don’t always think of, but affects every part of our lives sometimes even if we aren’t aware of it.

Class is part of society, all around the world even in places that insist they have no class system , they may not call it class , but a system is in place wherever you live that that shapes, gives opportunity and denies it, causes divisions. I loved the fact this did look at the issue globally and culturally.

This covers some of the most essential and basic tights to which affect your whole lives and of which class affects the quality and standard you will get, these are housing, education and employment. The most basic of needs (in addition to food and heating) that set your whole life chances from the very beginning and as current times are proving, will be set often by people who have access to the best of these things whilst depriving them to the people who need opportunity the most.

I loved the fact it also covers media influence and how this adds to and controls class, having ultimate access to media means you control what people see and even think at times, having no access means you aren’t represented, you won’t see what you want and also adds to cultural appropriation, the fact that BIPOC Film, TV and books are only beginning to become mainstream is key evidence of those having ultimate access to media setting the agenda.

This is such a great read, as someone very into politics, class, equal opportunity, feminism and full representation for all, not just the few, this spoke to me so much and I just think it’s fantastic and should be in schools and libraries (for the education most governments don’t want people to have – how society really works)

Thanks to Random Things Tours, Icon books, Laura Harvey, Sarah Leaney and Danny Noble. Fr full disclosure I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review, all opinions expressed are my own and freely given.

About the Authors

Dr Laura Harvey and Dr Sarah Leaney are senior lecturers in sociology at the University of Brighton. Laura’s work draws on sociology, gender studies, social psychology and cultural studies. Sarah’s work explores the connection between class and housing, with a focus on social housing and stigma.

Danny Noble is an illustrator and writer. In 2020 she published Shame Pudding, a graphic memoir, and won a Comedy Women in Print Award for her comic ‘Was It…Too Much For You?’. She has illustrated children’s books by Adrian Edmondson.

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