Writing From the "Wrong Class": Archiving Labor in the Context of Precarity

Jessica Pauszek

Abstract


This article explores the methodological impact of building and curating a transnational archive of working-class literayc practices, spanning themes of vocation, immigration, gender, race, and disability, from the ground up alongside the Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers. The article focuses particularly on how our disciplinary methods might be (re) shaped within a context of precarity when working with/archiving the literacy practices of disenfranchised populations. I argue that such precarity shapes how our methods/methodologies account for material realities--the laboring of bodies, influx of finances, physical conditions of the community involved--and changing social conditions that affect not only archival creation but also sustainability. I illustrate how Teh FWWCP Archival Project responded through a kitchen-table ethods in order to design the archive with the community's expertise at the forefront.

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