Cash Pumps for the Poor: Can Microphilanthropism help with Poverty Alleviation?

  The discourse on poverty alleviation naturally meanders into charity and philanthropy. Two types of charitable behaviour- philanthropy and microphilanthropy- have stemmed from a lot of development rhetoric calling to action the First World countries and communities on their “responsibility” towards the “less developed”, the “poor” in the Global South, and have the mushroomed into…

Space Wars

I recently learned about “insurgent citizenship”, a term coined by James Holston, and it refers to instances where people take their citizenship into their own hands when the state fails to meet their needs. In his book, “Insurgent Citizenship: Disjunctions of Democracy and Modernity in Brazil”, Holston examined social mobilizations of the people that “developed…

What is your “hierarchy” of the excluded?

What is your “hierarchy” of the excluded? A number of weeks ago, we were discussing what the different hierarchies of exclusion are. For example, one group member said: 1) Economic (if you are poor there are fewer opportunities) 2) Gender 3) Race While another said 1) Economic 2) Race 3) Gender At that point, I…