Ausgabe 11

"Gérer les pauvres"

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Daniel Terrolle

The rhetoric of «social urgency» employed in the area of aid for homeless people characterises the management of poverty at every step of the «charitable» process, from donor to volunteer to recipient. Despite the gestures towards ethics and the communication strategies of donors, this area is characterised by a flourishing market in poverty that is rarely required to justify its results or submit itself to a genuine evaluation of its effectiveness. our fieldwork demonstrates how this market instrumentalises of the poor, and how they attempt to escape those forms of social control market actors put place under the guise of «aid». We ask whether managing the poor in this manner is not simply a form of discipline that has as its ultimate goal to make them more profitable ?