What is Poverty Scholar?/¿Qué es un estudioso de la pobreza ?


Tiny - Posted on 03 October 2011

Author: 
Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia

Who is considered a great scholar? How is scholarship attained? How is greatness honored? And from what barometer do we assess this canon?

At POOR Magazine we have a very different notion of scholarship, who deserves it, how it is attained and how it is used. We have established a new kind of scholarship, The Scholarship of Poverty. This scholarship has a new canon with new designations for greatness. Survival itself, through extreme poverty and crisis, houselessness, racism, disability and welfare to name a few are what you need to qualify for poverty scholarship. Conversely, a person who is formally educated with a Masters Degree and no poverty scholarship would be considered inexperienced and therefore should not be writing, lecturing or legislating on issues that impact communities in poverty.

The formally understood “signs” of scholarship such as writing, researching, critiquing publishing, require an inherent privilege These signs afford people an ability to be integrated, heard and recognized. As Trin Min Ha writes, Writing, reading, thinking imagining speculating. These are luxury activities, so I am reminded, permitted to a privileged few whose idle hours of the day can be viewed otherwise than as a bowl of rice or a loaf bread less to share with the family.”

This was my truth, my struggle; I was a homeless child who had to drop out of school in the sixth grade to support my family. I did not have the time away from earning a loaf of bread, I did not have the paper, I did not have a computer, and more importantly I did not even have the privilege of an organized life, as so many other people struggling with homelessness, poverty, disability, racism etc. therefore these are the people who are inherently denied a voice in the media, in the creation of legislation and academic scholarship. It is our goal at POOR Magazine to intentionally listen to, conceive of policy and reassign authorship to the folks on the front-line of the experience of poverty and racism- the poverty scholars.

 

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¿Quién es considerado un estudioso de la pobreza (great scholar)?¿Cómo se obtenie la beca?¿Cómo es la grandeza honrada? ¿Y cómo se mide esto?

En Prensa POBREtenemos una noción muy distinta de las becas, quen las merece, cómo se obtienen y cómo se utilizan. Hemos establecido un nuevo tipo de beca, la
Beca de la Pobreza. Esta beca tiene un nuevo canon con nuevas designaciones para
grandeza.La propia supervivencia, a través de la extrema pobreza y crisis, sin casa, el racismo,discapacidad y el welfare para nombrar unos pocos son lo que necesita para calificar para la beca de la pobreza. Por el contrariouna persona que es educación formal con unMástery sin pobreza se considerará sin experiencia y por lo tanto no deberia de escribir, hablarlegislar en asuntos que impactan a las comunidades en situación de pobreza.

El ex entiende "signos" de la becacomo la escritura, la investigación,la crítica de la publicación, requieren un privilegio inherente. Estas señales permiten a las personas la capacidad de ser integrado,escuchadoconocido. Como Trin Min Ha, escribe, “escribir, leer, pensarimaginar la especulación. Estas son actividades de lujo, por lo que me acuerdopermite a ununos pocos privilegiados, cuya inactividad horas del día puede ser visto de otra manera que como un plato de arroz o un pan menos para compartir con la familia ".

Esta era mi verdad, mi lucha, yo era una niña sin hogar que tuvo queabandonar la escuela en el sexto grado para mantener a mi familia. Yo no tenía el tiempo lejos de obtener un pedazo depanyo no tenía el papel, no tenía una computadora, y más importante es que ni siquiera tenía el privilegio de una vida organizadacomo tantas otras personas que luchan con la falta de vivienda, la pobreza, la discapacidad, el racismo, etc. Por lo tantoestas son las personas que siempresí les niega la voz en los medios de comunicación, en la creación de legislaciónbeca académicas. Es nuestra meta en Prensa POBRE escuchar intencionalmente,concebir la políticay volver a asignar la autoría a la gente en la primera línea de la experiencia de la pobreza y el racismo, los estudiosos de la pobreza (great scholar).

...is that if everyone adopts your point of view -- i.e. that the qualifications you yourself happen to have are the ones that are most valuable -- you're reinforcing the current system. After all, if you consider those with Masters Degrees inexperienced, why should they not consider you hopelessly ignorant? As, indeed they do. Not much gained, it seems to me.

what you don't seem to understand "anonymous," is that continuing to allow people with Master's degrees to speak as experts on people and conditions they know absolutely nothing about as if they are experts in that field of information....THAT is replication of the system. And for a person with privilege to speak on behalf of someone without...just because they've had the experience of sitting in a classroom for decades learning very specifically how to misrepresent the poor on behalf of the privileged....now that is what's hopelessly ignorant. Truth comes from the REAL experts...like the poverty skolas!!! Fist up Tiny!

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