2017 Working Class Studies Association Awards for work produced in 2016
Each year, the Working Class Studies Association (WCSA) issues a number of awards to recognize the best new work in the field of working-class studies. This year, they will be awarded in June 2017 at our conference which will be held this year on the campus of Indiana University, Bloomington May 31st-June 3rd, 2017. The review process is organized by the past-president of the WCSA, and submissions are judged by a panel of three readers for each of the categories of awards.
The results are in for the annual WCSA Awards for significant contributions to working-class studies in the year 2016; the winners are listed below, along with judges’ comments. Together these books and articles demonstrate the scope and vitality of cultural and scholarly production in working-class studies, and serve as an inspiration to future work in the field.
CLR James Award for Published Book for Academic or General Audiences
Angela Stuesse - Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South
Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing
David LaBounty and Tim Applegate - Workers Write: Tales From the Construction Site
John Russo & Sherry Linkon Award for Published Article or Essay for Academic or General Audiences
Diana Garvin – ‘Singing Truth to Power: Melodic Resistance and Bodily Revolt in Italy’s Rice Fields’, Annali d’italianistica 34 (2016). Speaking Truth to Power from Medieval to Modern Italy
Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism
Gabriel Thompson, Dark Meat
Constance Coiner Award for Best Dissertation
Jackie Gabriel - “Manufacturing Precarity: A Case Study of the Grain Processing Corporation (GPC)/United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 86D Lockout in Muscatine, Iowa”
Tim Strangleman, immediate-past president of the WCSA and 2016 awards organizer