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….

Preface: Pushing privileged pillars in Canadian higher education

By Elaine Laberge I have nothing to protect me: no armour, healthy bank account, powerful allies, dedicated mentors, or map to traverse hostile academic landscapes. I don’t know where all the dangers lie or what lies in wait should I transgress. That is, beyond being outed and ousted from academia. Beyond being sidelined, tossed away, devalued, disowned, Othered,…

Social Theoretical Perspectives on Difference: the Other, the Othered, and Othering

Social Theoretical Perspectives on Difference: the Other, the Othered, and Othering by Elaine J. Laberge This paper seeks to unravel the complexity of Other, Othering, and Othered and how processes of Othering work against social justice and protect privilege both historically and in our contemporary neoliberal times. This paper also will explore why scholars have…

The Caboose

January 8, 2018 Epistemology: the root word clangs, clacks, and bangs against the suffix like the strain of a train’s caboose against the rusty cars it follows. The caboose is long forgotten, perhaps unknown; yet, childhood images deeply shapes my tension-filled understandings of knowledge. With the blistering prairie sun raining down on my white skeletal…

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

“The wind of poverty blows like a cyclone with a heavy tide of hardship, melancholy, acrimony and socio-political anarchism sweeping violently along its pathway. This tide makes the pathway difficult to travel, overcome and manoeuvre. Several policy actors and researchers have made attempts to proffer determined solutions to this tenuous situation has however defy most…