chapter  2
Is There Such a Thing as a Working-Class Academic?
ByPaul Wakeling
Pages 18

Class is often a dirty word in the academy. Class is dead, missing in action or else locked outside the ivory tower unable to enter. Communities of scholars, of the mind, are taken to be communities of equals where reason and meritocracy are the only defining characteristics of the status order, not one’s family of birth, gender, sexuality or ethnicity. Whilst academics, particularly in the social sciences, readily identify inequalities in the world outside the campus, their gaze is seldom turned inward.