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.
Jona M. Rosenfeld is the Gordon Brown Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Senior Advisor, JDC-Brookdale Center for Children and Youth and JDC Israel. Bruno Tardieu is Co-Director of Fourth World Movement/USA, and a visiting lecturer at MIT Department for Urban Studies and Planning.