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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.

Stigmatising beliefs about people in poverty in cross-national perspective

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/researchingsociology/2015/11/30/stigmatising-beliefs-about-people-in-poverty-in-cross-national-perspective/   LSE Sociology doctoral candidate, Daniel McArthur, describes his MSc research   References Baumberg, B., Bell, K., and Gaffney, D., (2012). Benefits Stigma in Britain. Turn2Us: London. http://www.turn2us.org.uk/about_us/media_centre/news_archive/benefits_stigma.aspx European Social Survey Round 4 Data (2008a). Data file edition 4.2. Norwegian Social Science Data Services, Bergen, Norway. http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/ Larsen, C.A., (2008). ‘The Institutional Logic of Welfare…

Congress 2017: Submit an Abstract!!

http://congress2017.ca                                                         Ryerson University Narrative Understandings of Social Inequality: Bringing Participants’ Experiences and Knowledges to the Centre Submit to:  https://www.csa-scs.ca/conference/call-for-abstracts/ Are you a scholar who wants to share how you are bringing participants’ experiences to the forefront to make social inequality visible? Are you focused on making your research accessible, inside and outside of academia, by exploring…

December 7: Understandings of Poverty Discussion

Echoes of Poverty: Understanding Poverty through Narrative Retelling Presenter: Elaine Laberge December 7, 2016 7:00 – 8:30pm Strathcona Branch Program Room 8331 – 104 Street FREE event open to everyone The truth about stories is that that’s all we are. Thomas King Poverty is normally defined in terms of economics. Although this definition is familiar,…

Stephen Lewis

UofA convocation speech on Trump   “I beg you to understand that the world has turned. It hasn’t just changed; it’s turned. And your collective response—moral, principled, determined, tenacious, indefatigable—it can save this world.” —Stephen Lewis   starts at 34:00 minutes

Sociology is something that you do, not something that you read. Erving Goffman