Relational Poverty Politics: Forms, Struggles, Possibilities

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Ethics, Justice, and Human Rights Specialty Group, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Economic Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom B, Sheraton, 5th Floor
Organizers: Sarah Elwood, Victoria Lawson
Chairs: Victoria Lawson


This session focuses on the new volume Relational Poverty Politics: Forms, Struggles, Possibilities (Editors Victoria Lawson & Sarah Elwood, University of Georgia Press) involving contributing authors and discussants. The book examines the power and transformative potential of movements that fight against poverty and inequality. Broadly, poverty politics are struggles around 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. The chapters 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 theatre. 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 effectively 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.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Ananya Roy University of California, Los Angeles 15
Panelist Mae Miller CUNY - Graduate Center 15
Panelist Eugene McCann Simon Fraser University 15
Panelist Juan Herrera University of California, Los Angeles 15
Discussant Sarah Elwood University of Washington 5
Discussant Victoria Lawson University of Washington 5
Discussant Thomas Swerts University of Antwerp 5
Discussant Junjia Ye Nanyang Technological University 5

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