“The Poor are Us”: Middle class poverty politics

 

January 27th, 2016

Professor Sarah Elwood and Professor Vicky Lawson from the University of Washington Geography Department explain the origins and workings of their Relational Poverty Network. The Network is made up of an international community of scholars who are working to shift thinking about ” the poor and poor others” to relationships of power and privilege. They illustrate these ideas with a comparative study from Seattle and Buenos Aires.

Victoria Lawson is Professor of Geography at the University of Washington, Director of the University Honors Program; Co-founder of the Relational Poverty Network; Past-President of the Association of American Geographers; Marsha Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award winner; former Chair of the Department of Geography, and committed teacher. Her work draws on critical poverty studies and feminist care ethics to collaborate in building alternative understandings of impoverishment and social alliances to address inequality.

Sarah Elwood is Professor of Geography at the University of Washington, Co-founder of the Relational Poverty Network; and Co-Editor of Progress in Human Geography. Her work contributes to urban geography, relational poverty research, critical GIS & geoweb studies, and mixed/visual methods.