American Dream: Using Storytelling to Explore Social Class in the United States

On a wooden tabletop, a black and white photograph of a distinguished-looking man wearing a bow tie rests beneath a pile of reel to reel tape boxes.

Studs Terkel’s collections of oral history such as Working and Race are considered classics in American storytelling. (Image courtesy of Dominican University on flickr. License CC BY.)

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21A.120

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Spring 2018

Level

Undergraduate

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This course explores the experiences and understandings of class among Americans positioned at different points along the U.S. social spectrum. It considers a variety of classic frameworks for analyzing social class and uses memoirs, novels, and ethnographies to gain a sense of how class is experienced in daily life and how it intersects with other forms of social difference such as race and gender.

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Christine Walley. 21A.120 American Dream: Using Storytelling to Explore Social Class in the United States. Spring 2018. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.


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