In her Comment on an earlier essay of Professor Alfieri's, Professor White emphasizes the dangers of attempting to impose independently derived theoretical insights upon the practice of poverty lawyers. Noting the unavoidable partiality of any vantage point, be it grounded in the concrete or the abstract, she warns that an intellectually formal approach to reconstructive practice cannot help but falsify its vision of reality. In particular, she analyzes the flaws in attempting to make a neat distinction between "interpretive" violence and "real" violence. In place of such cleanly conceptual reconstruction, Professor White urges a slower, more dialogic, workaday approach--one that recognizes its own partiality. Her notion of a transformative practice is one rigorously committed to the slow learning that comes from the constant reading and rereading by advocates of their own day-to-day work.
Paradox, Piece-Work, and Patience,
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