Frames of poverty: a study of underlying assumptions of poverty produced by self-advocacy organizations of people in poverty

PhD student: Heidi Degerickx
Summary: Poverty is not a neutral but a political concept, and as such, highly contested. However, since the 1990s support occurs in European welfare states for a poverty approach where the idea of talking ‘with’ the poor gained prominence instead of talking ‘about’ or ‘to’ people in poverty. Beresford and Croft (1995) refer to a paradigm shift from advocacy to self-advocacy. This doctoral research project aims at understanding the self-advocacy paradigm within poverty reduction policies in Belgium from a social work and educational history perspective. First a historical document analysis will be applied to the General Report on Poverty (1994). Second an inductive framing analysis will be done on photographic publications of self-advocacy organisations of people in poverty. This research focusses on the role of non-poor allies (advocates) in relation to the poor themselves (self-advocates), and on their common struggle for power and agency in realizing human rights and social justice.
PhD in Social Work
Promoter(s): Angelo Van Gorp, Griet Roets (Department Of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, Ghent University)
Starting date: March 2014