Whose poverty is it? An Autoethnography

An autoethnography


  • Corinne Brion University of Dayton




When I first met my husband, he told me, “I have nothing, I do not have money or many possessions.” When he said he had nothing, he literally meant it: no savings, no house, no bank account, no retirement plans, and a job that hardly paid for one meal a day. His most precious possessions were a bicycle and the toolbox he used as a mechanic. He lived with his mom, sister, and two nieces in a one-bedroom self-contained unit they rented. In this autoethnography, I write about my epiphany that stemmed from being married to a Ghanaian man who lived in poverty as we consider it in the West.  I use a community cultural wealth model to tell about my transformation related to my understanding of poverty.