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This collection examines the power and transformative potential of movements that fight against poverty and inequality. Broadly, poverty politics are struggles to define who is poor, what it means to be poor, what actions might be taken, and who should act. These movements shape the sociocultural and political economic structures that constitute poverty and privilege as material and social relations. Editors Victoria Lawson and Sarah Elwood focus on the politics of insurgent movements against poverty and inequality in seven countries (Argentina, India, Brazil, South Africa, Thailand, Singapore, and the United States).

The contributors explore theory and practice in alliance politics, resistance movements, the militarized repression of justice movements, global counterpublics, and political theater. These movements reflect the diversity of poverty politics and the relations between bureaucracies and antipoverty movements. They discuss work done by mass and other types of mobilizations across multiple scales; forms of creative and political alliance across axes of difference; expressions and exercises of agency by people named as poor; and the kinds of rights and other claims that are made in different spaces and places.

Relational Poverty Politics advocates for poverty knowledge grounded in relational perspectives that highlight the adversarial relationship of poverty to privilege, as well as the possibility for alliances across different groups. It incorporates current research in the field and demonstrates how relational poverty knowledge is best seen as a model for understanding how theory is derivative of action as much as the other way around. The book lays a foundation for realistic change that can directly attack poverty at its roots.

Contributors: Antonádia Borges, Dia Da Costa, Sarah Elwood, David Boarder Giles, Jim Glassman, Victoria Lawson, Felipe Magalhães, Jeff Maskovsky, Richa Nagar, Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales, LaShawnDa Pittman, Frances Fox Piven, Preeti Sampat, Thomas Swerts, and Junjia Ye.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Frances Fox Piven
  3. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction: (Un)Thinkable Poverty Politics
  2. Sarah Elwood and Victoria Lawson
  3. pp. 1-24
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  1. 1. Safety Net Politics: Economic Survival among Impoverished Grandmother Caregivers
  2. LaShawnDa Pittman
  3. pp. 25-42
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  1. 2. Differential Inclusion through Social Assistance: Migration, Precarity, and Diversity in Singapore
  2. Junjia Ye
  3. pp. 43-60
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  1. 3. Illegality, Poverty, and Higher Education: A Relational Perspective on Undocumented Students and Educational Access
  2. Genevieve Negrón- Gonzales
  3. pp. 61-76
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  1. 4. Staying Alive: AIDS Activism as U.S. Relational Poverty Politics
  2. Jeff Maskovsky
  3. pp. 77-94
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  1. 5. India’s Land Impasse: Infrastructure, Rent, and Resistance
  2. pp. 95-112
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  1. 6. Abject Economies, Illiberal Embodiment, and the Politics of Waste
  2. pp. 113-130
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  1. 7. Crushing Red Shirts and Restoring Amart Privilege: Relations between Violence, Inequality, and Poverty in Thailand
  2. pp. 131-148
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  1. 8. Thinking from June 2013 in the Brazilian Metropolis: New Urban Political Assemblages, Old State-Society Relations
  2. pp. 149-165
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  1. 9. “Check Your Privilege”: The Micropolitics of Cross-Status Alliances in the DREAM Movement
  2. Thomas Swerts
  3. pp. 166-182
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  1. 10. Ethnographic Alliance: Hope and Knowledge Building through a South African Story
  2. Antonádia Borges
  3. pp. 183-200
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  1. 11. Theater, Hunger, Politics: Beginning a Conversation
  2. pp. 201-218
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  1. Conclusion. Politicizing Poverty
  2. pp. 219-238
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820353128
Related ISBN
9780820353135
MARC Record
OCLC
1031056564
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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