MARQUETTE – Children from working-class families are often socialized to pursue blue-collar occupations. But some choose not to follow in their parents’ footsteps, and the jobs that were the livelihood of their parents’ generation are largely unavailable in today’s global economy.
Kristen Lucas will examine this topic as it relates to Upper Peninsula mining families in a presentation at Northern Michigan University titled “Blue Collar Families and Post-Industrialization.” It is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in Mead Auditorium in the West Science Building.
Lucas is an NMU graduate and a doctoral candidate at Purdue University. She conducted her dissertation research at the Central Upper Peninsula and NMU Archives as a recipient of the Grace H. Magnaghi Visiting Research Fellowship Grant. Lucas examined how children from U.P. mining families have interpreted and applied stories and lessons in order to help them navigate their careers in a post-industrial economy. The presentation will highlight her preliminary findings.
The public is invited to attend free of charge. For more information, contact the NMU Archives at 227-1225.