Poor Mothers and Habits of Hiding: Participatory Methods in Poverty Research


Sociology Department, 408 McGuinn Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (dodsonli@bc.edu).


Poor mothers have long-standing habits of hiding their lives in response to punitive authorities and stigma. We identify practices of hiding daily life, and we describe participatory research approaches for and ethical concerns in learning more about poor women's critical insights and survival strategies.