How Working at a Community College is Like Working Retail

Originally published at classism.org in October 2011   Expectations are a pain in the ass. There’s an old saying, “plant an expectation, reap a disappointment.”  Yep I did it, planted and am now disappointed. I teach Sociology at a rural community college; I love teaching, but I don’t love that adjunct teachers like me are … Continue reading How Working at a Community College is Like Working Retail

White-trash Beaner (to my 11-year old confused self)

  Grama says I’m Indian. Mama says my dad was “A Mexican” and that if he really loved me like “Mexican daddies do,” he woulda found me by now. Grama says we’re Indian, mama says ‘no.’ Sis calls me a “wetback” and a “beaner” (“mom said it all the time”) brother teases me about getting … Continue reading White-trash Beaner (to my 11-year old confused self)

Ethnography.com Reset, 2.0! Welcome Julie Garza-Withers

As promised last month, Ethnography.com is having a reset. Not only will we post more, we will have more people doing it. Most importantly, we will have Julie Garza-Withers posting and editing to her heart’s content.   As you can see from her biography (already posted), Julie comes to us via working class rural southern … Continue reading Ethnography.com Reset, 2.0! Welcome Julie Garza-Withers

Fatuous, Naïve, or Bold? The Wonderful World of Peer Review

  Fair warning from an anonymous peer reviewer of one of my academic articles… The author is hampered by an inaccurate, naïve, and highly simplistic understanding of the basic principles…which leads him to make ludicrous statements like the following… Yes, that’s me: inaccurate, naïve, and highly simplistic! And so forth. If you share that sentiment, … Continue reading Fatuous, Naïve, or Bold? The Wonderful World of Peer Review