This essay is an autoethnographic account of my transition from the working class to the middle class. It argues that performativity is central to upward social mobility, and that in my case this process has resulted in a loss of working-class identity. I perform this argument by having my working-class self comment upon the middle-class form to which I have committed my childhood. By making this split visible, I aim to evoke the complexities that are bound up in this class migration, and to question the middle-class academy's role in shutting out the working class.
Through the Abyss: Performing Class Migration
Laura Hartnell is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University. Correspondence to: Laura Hartnell, Centre for Theatre and Performance, Monash University, Clayton Campus, 55 Scenic Boulevard and Wellington Road, Clayton, VIC 3800, Australia. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Laura Hartnell; Through the Abyss: Performing Class Migration. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2018; 7 (4): 54–60. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2018.7.4.54
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