Everybody’s Middle Class!

Through the grapevine as it were, I heard about a discussion in which a number of graduate students in the humanities claimed not to be of the “working class.” Now, that’s a pretty loaded sentence in itself. We could dissect my choice of “of” instead of “in” for instance. But, firstly, to claim that as a grad student in English, or history, or Classics one is not working class is to simply not face the truth (I suspect a lot of this can go for the social sciences as well, but this depends). In any case, if it quacks like a duck, eats like a duck, earns like a duck—even if it may not at times feel like a duck—baby, it’s a duck. Continue reading