In November, the Relational Poverty Network hosted a writing retreat at Friday Harbor. The retreat brought together a group of RPN members to discuss their writing, which will be compiled in a forthcoming edited volume. The broad goal of the retreat and book, titled “Relational Poverty Politics”, is to employ relational poverty analysis to interrogate poverty politics in a globalized world. Participants included:
The RPN retreat was knowledge-making in practice, a collaboration across boundaries (disciplines, countries, epistemologies, theories) to build poverty knowledge differently.
Antonádia Monteiro Borges, Universidade de Brasilia
David Giles, University of Washington
Jim Glassman, University of British Columbia
Felipe Nunes Coelho Magalhães, The Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Jeff Maskovsky, Queens College
Richa Nagar, University of Minnesota
Genevieve Negron-Gonzales, University of San Francisco
Preeti Sampat, Research Associate, Delhi School of Economics
Jia Ye, Massey University, New Zealand
Sarah Elwood, University of Washington
Victoria Lawson, University of Washington
Structure of the book
The book proceeds in two sections: i) politics of differential incorporation and ii) a politics of reworking, refusal, hope and alliance. Section I examines how relatively impoverished people are not always dispossessed and rarely fully excluded from social and economic life; rather they are incorporated under adverse conditions (Hickey and Du Toit, 2007). This part of the book explores a range of differential incorporations through migrancy, precarity, norming, governmentalization, violence, military repression, citizenship/belonging, racialization and labor practices. Section II draws on Katz’s (2004) tripartite theorization of resilience, reworking, resistance and Gibson-Graham’s (2008) reading for difference’, to go beyond structure, violence and incorporation to uncover actually existing alternatives within struggles around poverty.