Playlist: Socio-Economic Class in the Media

History of Class & Labor struggles in the U.S.

The following are historical examples of class and labor struggles in the United States from the early 20th century to the 1980s. Choose one or more:

Representing Labor, Exploitation, & Unions

These fictional and non-fictional narratives explore labor and exploitation in various contexts, and allow you to think about how exploitation is represented. Choose one or more.

Economic Divides & Disparity

The following represent economic disparity in the United States and on a global scale. Choose one or more:

Representing Status & Class

These examples touch on status in relation to working, middle, and upper classes. Choose one or more:

Food Insecurity

These examples draw attention to the issue of food insecurity in the United States. Choose one or more:

Activism & Advocacy

These examples address contemporary instances of activism related to class and labor in the United States and worldwide. Choose one or more.

Your turn!

Get inspired by the media and issues you’ve been exposed to. Think about and create a media project that responds to a class or economic issue in your community or comments on the socio-economic representations in media/social media you regularly view.

Stuck? Take a look at our DIY section for ideas!

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