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.

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File A member of a construction team works on the site of Gables Station, a mixed use project featuring apartments, retail, a hotel and cafes, in Coral Gables, Florida. This article previously appeared at Working Class Perspectives. Subscribe here . I n a recent unpublished paper, Larry Bartels (author of Unequal Democracy) and Kathrine Cramer (author of The Politics of Resentment ), reported a finding sure to surprise many who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...