Outliers imagining otherwise in and for universities

Elaine Laberge, PhD Candidate, University of Victoria Written for my PhD Candidacy February 17, 2020 Many emotions drove me to write Miseducation – sorrow, guilt, pride, anger, righteous indignation, regret, anxiety, and fear. But above all a sense of urgency and desperation that, as a woman approaching 70, time was running out. Reay, 2018, p….

COVID-19 and poverty-class higher education students

March 13, 2020 Re: COVID-19 and poverty-class students Dear Canadian University Leaders: I write to you with fingertips quivering over the keyboard. I do not want to further expose myself to ridicule and shame. Yet, I must publicly come out of the social underclass closet because this situation is far more important than my shamed…

Leadership search for meaning making

But it is important to remember that we created these negative and demoralized people. We created them by relying on organising processes that discount and deny our best human capacities…. We can realize that ‘you can’t hate someone whose story you know.’” (Wheatley, 2007, pp. 56-57) This land is your land; this land is not…

University can change homeless people’s lives, but they need support to get there – by Becky Edwards (UK)

Becky Edwards Thu 18 Apr 2019 The Guardian (open access) https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/apr/18/university-can-change-homeless-peoples-lives-but-they-need-support-to-get-there?fbclid=IwAR0aed4f7zHSeMcCzAnsymcv3q3B-SKVnApodfuu34hP2gw5Rw8MPlbMFVE When Lucy Davis left school at 12, falling into addiction and ultimately homelessness, the last thing she thought she’d be doing at 30 was going to university. But now she’s planning to start a fine art degree in September. Davis is one of five…

Neither Radical nor Revolutionary: The Preservation of Privilege in Social Justice Activism

https://medium.com/@lauralemoon/neither-radical-nor-revolutionary-the-preservation-of-privilege-in-social-justice-activism-790870b43c88 By: Laura LeMoon Sex Worker, public health researcher and all around badass bitch If you’re poor, like I am, you’re probably used to losing out on opportunities to make money because of your poverty. It’s a fucked up catch-22 that I still find maddening. I’m sitting here on Facebook, looking at all the joyous…

The material politics of stereotyping white trash: flexible class-making

Marjo Kolehmainen First Published December 1, 2016 Social Class Link to online article: The Sociological Review Abstract This article provides a detailed analysis of novel forms of class-making in Finland, with special emphasis on emerging threads on ‘white trash’ in a popular discussion forum. The article is based on an empirical study, the data for…

Who’s Able-Bodied Anyway? The 400-year history of how we talk about the deserving versus the undeserving poor.

By Emily Badger and Margot Sanger-Katz Feb. 3, 2018 https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/02/03/upshot/medicaid-able-bodied-poor-politics.html?referer=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com The “able-bodied” are now everywhere among government programs for the poor, Republican officials point out. They’re on food stamps. They’re collecting welfare. They’re living in subsidized housing. And their numbers have swelled on Medicaid, a program that critics say was never designed to serve them….