ERIC Number: ED407151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
This Is How We Live: Listening to the Poorest Families.
Fourth World Movement, Inc., Landover, MD.
Often, reports on poverty present official statements and analysis about its causes, but an official statement is not the same thing as poor people expressing themselves. This report records the life histories of five families living in extreme poverty with the belief that future problems cannot be addressed without an accurate understanding of the history of the very poor. Each of the monographs was written with the family's participation by a team of volunteers from Fourth World, an anti-poverty organization. The histories rely on several years of written records to which were added, according to circumstances, testimonies given on the occasion of specific events, interviews of members of these families, and transcripts of their remarks during meetings. The texts were also reread with the families themselves. Families profiled come from Germany, Guatemala, the United States, Thailand, and Burkina Faso. The second part of the report analyzes common factors in the families' stories to illuminate essential elements for family policies. Contains 11 references. (EV)
Descriptors: Economically Disadvantaged, Family Attitudes, Family Characteristics, Family Environment, Family History, Family Life, Family (Sociological Unit), Monographs, Personal Narratives, Poverty
Fourth World Publications, 7600 Willow Hill Drive, Landover, MD 20785 (U.S., $12; Canada, $14; United Kingdom, 8 British Pounds Sterling).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Nations, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Fourth World Movement, Inc., Landover, MD.
Note: Translated and revised from "Les familles du Quart Monde, acteurs de developpement" ("Families in Extreme Poverty, Actors in Development"), presented to the United Nations, December 1993.