Identity, Poverty Situations and the Epistemology of the Known Subject
Vasilachis, Irene; Identity, Poverty Situations and the Epistemology of the Known Subject; SAGE Publications; Sociology-the Journal Of The British Sociological Association; 40; 3; 6-2006; 473-491
The article proposes a relational definition of poor people and poverty situations grounded in the Epistemology of the Known Subject and drawn from qualitative research data. I first examine the basic assumptions of such epistemology, which has arisen from the limitations of prior ways of knowing; that is, of what I call the epistemological paradigms of the Epistemology of the Knowing Subject.Then I discuss the features of an empirical study on extreme poverty in Buenos Aires city, as well as the data analysis and concept creation processes involved.This enables me to consider the characteristics of the relational definition of poor people and poverty situations. Finally, I explore the societal model and the type of social process underlying the usual notions of poverty, and the influence of both on social policy design.