Pedagogy of the Poor: Building the Movement to End Poverty

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The authors present a new kind of interdisciplinary pedagogy that brings together antipoverty grassroots activism and relevant social theories about poverty. This unique book combines the oral history of a renowned antipoverty organizer with accessible introductions to relevant social theories, case studies, in-class student debates, and pedagogical reflections. This multilayered approach makes it useful to both social activists committed to eradicating poverty and educators looking for ways to teach about the ...
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Overview

The authors present a new kind of interdisciplinary pedagogy that brings together antipoverty grassroots activism and relevant social theories about poverty. This unique book combines the oral history of a renowned antipoverty organizer with accessible introductions to relevant social theories, case studies, in-class student debates, and pedagogical reflections. This multilayered approach makes it useful to both social activists committed to eradicating poverty and educators looking for ways to teach about the struggles for economic and social justice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807752289
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/2011
  • Series: Teaching for Social Justice , #25
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 630,042
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Plight, Fight, and Insight of the Poor- The Need for a Pedagogy to End Poverty Willie Baptist Jan Rehmann 1

1 Interview with Willie Baptist (I): From the Cotton Fields to the Watts Uprisings 11

2 Different Perspectives on Poverty: An Introduction Jan Rehmann 23

Chapter 2 Supplement: A Critique of Jeffery Sachs's The End of Poverty Colleen Wessel-McCoy 31

3 Interview with Willie Baptist (II): The Contributions of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. 35

Chapter 3 Supplement: Class Debate on Resistance and Unintended Consequences 42

4 Root Causes of Poverty-Neoliberalism, High-Tech Capitalism, and Economic Crisis Jan Rehmann 49

5 Interview with Willie Baptist (III): King's Poor People's Campaign, "Operation Cereal Bowl," and Labor Struggles at the Steel Plant 69

6 A Case Study on Organizing: The Struggle for Water in Postindustrial Detroit Chris Caruso 84

7 Interview with Willie Baptist (IV): Lessons from the National Union of the Homeless-A Debate on Organizing 101

8 The Relevance of Gramsci's Theory of Hegemony for Social Justice Movements Jan Rehmann 108

Chapter 8 Supplement: Gramsci, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Watts Uprising: A Conversation with Willie Baptist John Wessel-McCoy 124

9 Interview with Willie Baptist (V): Evaluating Today's Struggles-Stories from the Movement to End Poverty 135

10 Ideology Theory and Antipoverty Movements Jan Rehmann 146

Chapter 10 Supplement 1 Excerpts from the Ensuing In-Class Debate 152

Chapter 10 Supplement 2 Some Theoretical Comments and Transition to the Next Session 154

11 Teach as We Fight, Learn as We Lead: Lessons in Pedagogy and the Poverty Initiative Model Willie Baptist Liz Theoharis 160

Index 179

About the Authors and Contributors 189

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