Book Review: Class: A Graphic Guide by Dr Laura Harvey, Dr Sarah Leaney & Danny Nobel

University of Brighton sociologists Laura Harvey and Sarah Leaney and award-winning comics creator Danny Noble present an utterly unique, illustrated journey through the history, sociology and lived experience of class.

What can class tell us about gentrification, precarious work, the role of elites in society, or access to education? How have thinkers explored class in the past, and how does it affect us today? How does class inform activism and change?

Class: A Graphic Guide challenges simplistic and stigmatising ideas about working-class people, discusses colonialist roots of class systems, and looks at how class intersects with race, sexuality, gender, disability and age. From the publishers of the bestselling Queer: A Graphic History, this is a vibrant, enjoyable introduction for students, community workers, activists and anyone who wants to understand how class functions in their own lives.

Review

I come from Ireland where class labels are rarely used, so I felt like I never knew much about class. Also, I find non-fiction books to be sometimes overwhelming. A graphic novel was the perfect way to learn more on this topic.

Class made the topic easy to understand and broke large theories into more digestible chunks. The writing was simple and it was easy to grasp the overall topic. Besides gaining lots of new information, this book made me reconsider class, how I previously thought about it. It helped me open my eyes to class and how it is infiltrated into more parts of life than I originally thought.

If you are interested in learning more about class, you can’t go wrong with this book. Pick up a copy here.

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