In an era with an increasing focus on identity-based politics, the impact of class can be overlooked or downplayed. What are the lasting effects of growing up poor, and the stress and trauma poverty can engender? Rick Morton (One Hundred Years of Dirt) and Sarah Smarsh (Heartland) offer analysis and their own personal experiences to consider the mobility and rigidity of class.
Rick Morton is an award-winning journalist and social affairs writer for The Australian. One Hundred Years of Dirt is his first book.
Sarah Smarsh’s first book, Heartland, was a finalist for the 2018 US National Book Award. As a journalist, Sarah has covered class, politics, and public policy for publications including The Guardian and The New York Times.
Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor, broadcaster and a columnist for The Guardian. His most recent book is Trigger Warnings: Political Correctness and the Rise of the Right