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UW’s Henkel Wins Book Award from Working-Class Studies Association

May 14, 2018
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Scott Henkel

Scott Henkel, a University of Wyoming assistant professor in the departments of English and African American and Diaspora Studies, has won an award from the Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA) for his book, “Direct Democracy: Collective Power, the Swarm, and the Literatures of the Americas.”

Henkel received the WCSA’s C.L.R. James Book Award for Published Book for Academic or General Audiences.

“In ‘Direct Democracy,’ Scott Henkel seeks to do nothing less than recover a tradition of direct democracy and collective action inherent in the people of the Americas,” wrote one of the judges. “This theoretically sophisticated book contains both strong evidence and a compelling argument that a tradition of direct democracy and collective action has challenged the constraints of power in the past, and will, by implication, do so again in the future.”

Another judge wrote: “Henkel outlines a new approach to the role and potential of collective action and the concept of power to analyze a variety of intersecting class struggles that have traditionally been viewed within distinct racial and gender boundaries. His interdisciplinary approach combines literary and historical analysis in a way that brings alive the complexity and interconnectedness of a variety of struggles for basic human rights.”

Each year, WCSA issues a number of awards to recognize the best new work in the field of working-class studies. The review process is organized by the past president of the WCSA, and submissions are judged by a panel of three readers for each of the categories of awards.

WCSA was formed in 2003 to promote the study of working-class people and their culture.

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