Allison L. Hurst

Allison L. Hurst is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Oregon State University and the author of The Burden of Academic Success: Loyalists, Renegades, and Double Agents (2010) and College and the Working Class (2012). 

Recent Articles

Working-Class Politics and the Foremen Problem

In every class, Trump draws from those who believe in a game of winners and losers rather than a world of justice and solidarity.

This article previously appeared at Working Class Perspectives. Subscribe here . In a recent unpublished paper, Larry Bartels (author of Unequal Democracy) and Kathrine Cramer (author of The Politics of Resentment ), reported a finding sure to surprise many who have been blaming “the white working class” for the election of Trump: “Contrary to much recent speculation regarding the political impact of long-term income stagnation, we find a strong correlation between upward economic mobility and increasingly conservative economic and political views.” Go figure. The party of greed, glory, and devil-take-the hindmost appeals to those who have moved upward? Given my own interest in social mobility and working-class politics, I wondered how this finding applied specifically to working-class people. Too often we ignore social trajectory when we talk about class (when we even do talk about class!). It is as if people are fixed in place, like museum pieces, but in...