Posted by Lisa R. Pruitt

A headline in today's NYT proclaims, "'Culture of Poverty,' Once an Academic Slur, Makes a Comeback." Journalist Patricia Cohen writes of a new (or...

"Winter's Bone" and the Limits of White Privilege (Part II)

Written by Lisa R. Pruitt

In a recent post, I commented on what the film “Winter’s Bone” might reveal about white privilege.  There I discussed Ree Dolly, the film’s heroine, in the...

"Winter's Bone" and the Limits of White Privilege (Part I)

Written by Lisa R. Pruitt

Progressive law professors talk a lot about privilege, including white privilege.  If we're white (like I am), we try to be aware of it and not re-create it.  Law...

Place and Poverty (Part I)

Written by Lisa R. Pruitt

I've been thinking a lot (and writing some, too) about the links between poverty and place for several years, spurred by my interest in rural populations and critical...

Lessons in Development and Democracy: From India to West Virginia

Written by Lisa R. Pruitt

The closing line of my recent blog post asked:  "Is even democracy a luxury for the poor?"

Shortly after writing it, I came across this quote by Senator John D....

Some Musings on the Market for Votes

Written by Lisa R. Pruitt

I've thought about vote buying a lot over the course of my life.   I'm not talking about how corporations and other affluent actors donate money to...

Taking Rural People Seriously. Not.

Written by Lisa R. Pruitt

I started writing about rural people and places in relation to the law a few years ago, motivated in part by their near total absence from legal...