Professor Pruitt Comments on Rural Poverty for Tulsa World
Professor Lisa R. Pruitt was interviewed by Tulsa World for an article on rural poverty that focused on the problems of residents of impoverished Stilwell, Oklahoma. Pruitt talked about the many misconceptions associated with rural poverty, the unique problems of the rural poor, and cultural factors that contribute to the problem.
"There's a relative lack of role models," Pruitt said. "So the younger generation doesn't know how to set goals for themselves and how to work toward something better. They don't necessarily believe there is anything better to work toward. ‘This is just the way life is.' "
Lisa R. Pruitt, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor at UC Davis School of Law, is a scholar whose recent work explores the legal relevance of rural spatiality, including how it inflects dimensions of gender, race, and ethnicity. Pruitt's work also considers rural-urban difference in transnational and international contexts.