Shoestring Initiative

https://shoestringinitiative.com/ The Shoestring Initiative is a grassroots initiative to build community and support among first-generation students, staff, and faculty who identify as coming from poverty, working class backgrounds, first generation, and from/in foster care. As members of the UVic community from poverty or working class origins ourselves, we recognize that our backgrounds come with shared…

Dear White Administrators in Academia – sign the petition

This letter originally appears in a text about decolonizing academia published in Dec 2018 by Clelia O. Rodriquez’s “Decolonizing academia: Poverty, pain, and oppression” (p. 119). Published by Fernwood Publishing. Dear white administrators in academia: You, as the sole protectors of intellectual property, are claiming politics of diversity in a built-in, impenetrable, and dismissive apparatus…

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…

Canada was colonized based on racism and classism

By Elaine Laberge, April 8, 2019 Published in The Martlet LETTER | Canada was colonized based on racism and classism American Dream, meritocracy, rags-to-riches, pull yourself up by your bootstraps, born on third base, the (un)deserving poor — these are just a smattering of the dominant, colonial, social class narratives that have been planted in…

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….

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…