Publication Date: June 25, 2011
In this book, the authors present a new kind of interdisciplinary pedagogy that brings together antipoverty grassroots activism and relevant social theories about poverty. Closely linked to the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary, this unique book combines the oral history of a renowned antipoverty organizer with an accessible introduction to relevant social theories, case studies, in-class student debates, and pedagogical reflections. This multilayered approach makes the book useful to both social activists committed to eradicating poverty and educators looking for ways to teach about the struggles for economic and social justice. Pedagogy of the Poor is an essential tool of self-education and leadership development for a broad social movement led by the poor to end poverty.
Featuring a 5-part series of interviews with Willie Baptist, this important book examines:
Willie Baptist serves as the Poverty Initiative Scholar-in-Residence and is the coordinator of the Poverty Scholars Program in New York City. Jan Rehmann teaches philosophy and social theories at Union Theological Seminary and at the Free University in Berlin.
“A must-read for activists, educators, social workers, and anyone interested in the future of human rights.”
—Ira Shor, City University of New York
“This book should be one of the required tools of the movement.”
—Marian Kramer, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization