RPN Writing Retreat

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.