Dandelion

DANDELION a play by Elaine J Laberge A Play   Written by Elaine J. Laberge     Abstract: Intergenerational poverty. Single mothers. Welfare dependence. These are ugly stories and uglier realities. These are stories of social class and class-based inequality society does not want to attend to. But, young Emelia, Gretchen’s daughter, is desperate to…

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Elaine Laberge commencing September 2017: Doctoral student (Sociology) University of Victoria, Canada elaberge@uvic.ca tel: (250) 686 2214 MA (Sociology), University of Alberta, Canada BA (Sociology), University of Alberta, Canada elaberge@ualberta.ca BA (Theatre/English), Dalhousie University, Canada  

The Other Kid

Excerpt from my master’s thesis: There was a family that was particularly—distinctive It was a white family For some reason, it was well-known they were poor They were the stereotypically white poor family They definitely were treated differently.   There was a little girl She was in the same class as the little boy.  …

The Privilege Walk—and, Talk

An excerpt from my thesis For clarification, I ask Sarah, “You have community here on campus?” I do not want to assume she is part of the Native community centre on campus. “Ya, I have community.” “What difference does it make?” “It’s huge!” “Do they know you come from poverty?” “Um, I think that I…

Abstract: The Echoes of Childhood Poverty: Composing Lives in Higher Education

this narrative inquiry unfolded alongside three undergraduate students at a large, research-intensive, western Canadian university to understand how echoes of systemic childhood poverty reverberate through their experiences as they compose lives on the university landscape. While countries such as Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and to a much lesser extent Canada, are adopting…

Thesis excerpt: Red Worn Hands

by Elaine J. Laberge Red worn hands. I think of the shame and vulnerability I feel; my aloneness and fear, How I feel so visible because of the stain of poverty, yet invisible. I work hard to make myself invisible. I am defined by the stain of poverty—it is how I define myself and how…

Stand Up and Be Counted: Why social science should stop using the qualitative/quantitative dichotomy

Qualitative and quantitative research methods have long been asserted as distinctly separate, but to what end? Howard Aldrich argues the simple dichotomy fails to account for the breadth of collection and analysis techniques currently in use. But institutional norms and practices keep alive the implicit message that non-statistical approaches are somehow less rigorous than statistical ones.