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

A submission to the British Columbia Poverty Reduction Strategy

  Submitted by Elaine J. Laberge Doctoral student (Sociology), University of Victoria, MA, BA   (250) 686-2214 elaberge@uvic.ca http://www.echoesofpoverty.com   Poverty is our most devastating social failure in this greatly affluent age and land—and, the heaviest burden on our social conscience. John Kenneth Galbraith (1986) The larger picture: I draw your attention to key points … More A submission to the British Columbia Poverty Reduction Strategy

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 … More The Caboose

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 … More Breaking the Cycle of Poverty