How Does One “Leave” Poverty? - Socio-Identitarian Requalification Processes (PRSI) for Portuguese Women in the Basque Country, According to the Sociological Analysis of Oral Discourse

  • M.ª de Fátima Toscano


How does one “leave” “poverty”? It is the answer to this question that may help us fight poverty, by addressing the issue on positive terms: reorienting the - conventional - angle of observation-analysis of the causes and factors for one’s fall-impoverishment (what is poverty? who are the poor/what are they like? - negative formulation), until we grasp the complexity of exit, the processes of socio-identitarian requalification (PRSI).We have been developing this analytical-understanding model of social trajectories since the late 90’s, and have co-composed 31 narratives of migrant Portuguese women, Exemplary Cases, selected by social intervention specialists from San Sebastian, Basque Country. This paper does not follow a "typical" research structure because we choosed and focused on the contributions of this qualitative research for the development of social knowledge about fitting poverty, in spite of doing one approach of the methodology out of the context of their one production and results. Based on these results obtained, along this paper we explain the 7 PRSI components and also deepen the interpretative analysis and treatment of one of those narratives, Sara’s, highlighting the triangle FAITH in Prayer and in Luck.