Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Poverty, Exclusion and Abjection Workshop

12 November 2008 | 9.30am - 5.15pm | Workshop

Room 9.01 Social Sciences Building

This workshop explores contemporary debates regarding poverty and resistance in the Global South.  It will examine and challenge the main currents in development thinking that have shaped mainstream ideas on poverty and poverty reduction.  This is namely that the poor are excluded from wealth creation and that their inclusion is thus needed to alleviate poverty.  This current mainstream focus on poverty reduction has been claimed as a shift in the IFI policy debate from the neo-liberal Washington Consensus of the 1990s to a post-Washington Consensus of the early 21st century.

This workshop will challenge both this mainstream consensus on poverty and the notion that it represents a significant departure from the underlying premises of the Washington Consensus.  It will do so by combining general papers that contest the idea that poverty is the result of exclusion and instead examine ways in which poverty is created and reproduced precisely through integration of ‘the poor’ into mainstream mechanisms of global development.

General context papers will be followed by particular case studies that highlight how ‘development’ under neo-liberal globalisation creates winners and losers: that is, losers play a part in the creation of wealth for others.  Continuity from Washington Consensus to post-Washington Consensus means that the poor continue to be disadvantaged by mainstream development processes, not due to their exclusion from them, but because of the ways in which they have been integrated into them. Examples of resistance to such integration will also be explored.

All are welcome to attend but must first register by email to Ms Sally Howarth.



9.00-9.30 registration and coffee

PANEL ONE 9.30-11.00

Chair: Professor Ruth Pearson

Professor Ray Bush 'Abjection and Poverty: ‘Land, accumulation and dispossession'
Sarah Bracking 'Poverty and Place:  exploring the politics of distance'
Giuliano Martinello 'Land reform in South Africa: a strategy to challenge poverty?'.

COFFEE 11.00-11.15

PANEL TWO 11.15-12.45

Chair: Professor Caroline Dyer

Dr David Hall-Matthews 'Hunger and Protest in Contemporary Rural India'
Dr Bina Fernandez 'Poor practices: contestations around below poverty line status in India'.
Dr Zülküf Aydin ‘International Capital, Deregulation and the Exclusion of small farmers:  the case of Turkey


LUNCH 12.45-14.00

PANEL THREE 14.00-15.30

Chair: Professor Caroline Dyer

Dr Jelke Boesten, 'Navigating the Aid Industry: How Poor HIV-Positive People (might) Survive'
Hannah Cross 'Poverty, Migration and IFI remittance policy:  the case of  Senegal'
Dr Gabrielle Lynch 'Poverty, Ethnicity and politics in Kenya'

COFFEE 15.30-15.45

PANEL FOUR 15.45-17.15

Chair: Professor Ruth Pearson

Dr Polly Wilding, 'Criminosos potenciais: Violence as a rationale for exclusion'
Noel Castree 'Commodities, fictitious commodities and non- commodities: capitalism in a more-than-capitalist world'
Professor Gordon Crawford 'The World Bank, Good Governance and Ghana's Poverty Reduction Strategy: Strengthening the state or consolidating neo-liberalism?'

Location Details

Room 9.01 is located on the lower ground floor of the Social Sciences Building. Enter the building next to the entrace to the Disability Services and take the stairs to the lower floor.

The afternoon session will take place 12:45pm to 5:15pm - Blenheim Terrace SR (1.16) House No. 11-14.

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