Pedagogy of the Poor

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  • Copyright: 2011-05-20
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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The authors present a new kind of interdisciplinary pedagogy that brings together antipoverty grassroots activism and relevant social theories about poverty. This unique book combines the oral history of a renowned antipoverty organizer with accessible introductions to relevant social theories, case studies, in-class student debates, and pedagogical reflections. This multilayered approach makes it useful to both social activists committed to eradicating poverty and educators looking for ways to teach about the struggles for economic and social justice.

Author Biography

Willie Baptist serves as the Poverty Initiative Scholar-in-Residence and is the coordinator of the Poverty Scholars Program in New York City. Jan Rehmann teaches philosophy and social theories at Union Theological Seminary and at the Free University in Berlin.

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Plight, Fight, and Insight of the PoorłThe Need for a Pedagogy to End Povertyp. 1
Interview with Willie Baptist (I): From the Cotton Fields to the Watts Uprisingsp. 11
Different Perspectives on Poverty: An Introductionp. 23
A Critique of jeffery Sachs's The End of Povertyp. 31
Interview with Willie Baptist (II): The Contributions of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.p. 35
Class Debate on Resistance and Unintended Consequencesp. 42
Root Causes of PovertyłNeoliberalism, High-Tech Capitalism, and Economic Crisisp. 49
Interview with Willie Baptist (IH): King's Poor People's Campaign, "Operation Cereal Bowl," and Labor Struggles at the Steel Plantp. 69
A Case Study on Organizing: The Struggle for Water in Postindustrial Detroitp. 84
Interview with Willie Baptist (IV): Lessons from the National Union of the Homeless-A Debate on Organizingp. 101
The Relevance of Gramsci's Theory of Hegemony for Social Justice Movementsp. 108
Supplement: Gramsci, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Watts Uprising:
A Conversationp. 124
Interview with Willie Baptist (V): Evaluating Today's Struggles-Stories from the Movement to End Povertyp. 135
Ideology Theory and Antipoverty Movementsp. 146
Supplement 1: Excerpts from the Ensuing In-Class Debatep. 152
Supplement 2: Some Theoretical Comments and Transition to the Next Sessionp. 154
Teach as We Fight, Learn as We Lead: Lessons in Pedagogy and the Poverty Initiative Modelp. 160
Indexp. 179
About the Authors and Contributorsp. 189
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