Is extreme poverty inevitable in our affluent societies? The twelve case studies in Artisans of Democracy show how very poor people, ordinary citizens, and institutions (schools, the government, the news media, the courts, churches, universities, public utilities, unions, and small businesses) succeeded in creating alliances. They became partners in order to overcome social exclusion and radically change the inhuman conditions in which very poor people lived, as well as the practice and policies that lead to these conditions. The book then discusses implications for research, democratic theory and public policies and draws lessons for action that would enlighten any academician, professional, activist, practitioner, or citizen concerned by the persistence of extreme poverty. Tardieu and Rosenfeld present new ways to think and act toward overcoming poverty at the private or public local, national, or international levels.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 The Forging of Reciprocity: The Stories of Twelve Alliances: Chapter 5 Introduction: The Story of the Twelve Stories Chapter 6 Restoring Dialogue between School and All Parents Chapter 7 No More Power Cuts: Electricity is a Public Service Chapter 8 "We Stand by You, No Matter What" Chapter 9 The Media and the Voiceless-One Ethic for All Chapter 10 Beyond Harassment Chapter 11 The Powerless Renew the Struggle for Equity Chapter 12 Europe's Poorest Citizens and the European Union Chapter 13 Disenfranchised Families Inspire Public Policy Chapter 14 Being Heard in Court When No One Listens to You Chapter 15 Forging the Links of Democracy in City Government Chapter 16 When Nations Unite with the Poor Chapter 17 The Knowledge Gained by the Poor Reaches Professionals and Scientists Chapter 18 The Forging of Reciprocity: The Craft of the Allies, the Stages of their Journey: Chapter 19 Introduction Chapter 20 The Appeal of the Journey Chapter 21 From Impasse to Reciprocity Chapter 22 En Route: The Four Crossroads Chapter 23 Some Lessons Learned on the Way Chapter 24 The Tenor of Action: Beyond the Infamy of Exclusion Chapter 25 On the Politics of Action: Context for Success and Public Responsibility Chapter 26 Epilogue Chapter 27 Individuals, Institutions and Stories: A Comment on Methodology Chapter 28 Glossary Chapter 29 Bibliography Chapter 30 Index Chapter 31 Biographic Sketches of the Authors
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