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Abolishing Poverty

Toward Pluriverse Futures and Politics

Engages new frameworks for understanding poverty politics

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Abolishing Poverty argues for a project of relationality that refuses the whiteness of liberal poverty studies and instead centers critiques of the poverty relation and political futures disavowed under liberal governance. In disrupting poverty thinking, the author collective opens space for diverse frameworks for understanding impoverishment and articulating antiracist knowledges and political visions. The book explores new infrastructures of possibilities and political solidarities rooted in accountable relations to each other and from flights to the future that animate diverse communities.

This book is boundary and genre crossing, with broad appeal to scholars of such disciplines as human geography, ethnic studies, decolonial theory, and feminist studies. As a volume, the work is unique in its primary field of human geography in the form of its making, its collective authorship, and its investigation of politics that abolish poverty thinking and engage in activism against the poverty relation produced through settler colonialism, heteropatriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalist exploitation.

Abolishing Poverty explores some of the most pressing questions in geography—and social science more broadly—about how to develop and honor knowledges that have been marginalized by white supremacist and liberal logics and practices—and in the process to engage in the academic and political project of abolishing poverty studies. . . . It opens up conversations about knowledge production, politics, poverty, and anti-racist scholarship.

—Katherine Hankins, professor and chair of geosciences, Georgia State University

The arguments, observations, and provocations collected in Abolishing Poverty represent a transformative contribution to scholarship and to relational, anti-racist, anti-capitalist knowledge. Together, they comprise an expanded theoretical map of actually existing liberalism, while simultaneously offering a rich repudiation of more traditional forms of poverty knowledge and poverty studies. For those who know how to read it, herein is a talisman of new possibilities for thinking and organizing, beyond the paternalisms, exclusions, and co-optations by which liberal thought renders 'poverty' legible and manageable.

—David Boarder Giles, author of A Mass Conspiracy to Feed People: World Class Waste and the Struggle for the Global City

About the Author/Editor

Victoria Lawson (Author)
VICTORIA LAWSON is a professor of geography at the University of Washington and a past president of the Association of American Geographers.

Sarah Elwood (Author)
SARAH ELWOOD is a professor of geography at the University of Washington. With Victoria Lawson, she codirects the Relational Poverty Network.