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Ethnification and Recredentialing: Alberta’s Undelivered Promises to Global Migrants from China, India, and the Philippines (2008-2010) Open Access


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Indian labor export to Alberta
recredentialing and decredentialing of Asian professionals
neoliberal globalization policy of privatized education
knowledge economy
linguistification and linguistic prejudice
Philippine labor export to Alberta
Chinese labor export to Alberta
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Caparas, Maria Veronica G.
Supervisor and department
Kachur, Jerrold (Educational Policy Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Abdi, Ali (Educational Policy Studies)
Spencer, Brenda (Educational Policy Studies)
Krogman, Naomi (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Kachur, Jerrold (Educational Policy Studies)
Robertson, Susan (Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol)
Kapoor, Dip (Educational Policy Studies)
Department of Educational Policy Studies
Theoretical, Cultural, and International Studies in Education
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Doctor of Philosophy
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My study 1) compares the human-and-social capital of three major global immigrants (Chinese, Filipinos, Indians) in Canada (Alberta) with the education policies of their respective home countries; 2) looks at the possible link these policies might have with Alberta’s neoliberal policy of education privatization; and 3) examines how this link shapes or is shaped by broader political, economic, and social policies of international organizations. Framed with critical social theory and critical theory, my social theoretical model is juxtaposed with the historical-comparative research that uses the present time, single nation, qualitative data collection technique across three different ethnies (Chinese, Filipino, Indian) in Canada (Alberta) in 2008-2010. Relevant political, economic, and educational and labor policies of the four country-sites and those of the international organizations are analyzed. I use ethnomethodology in examining participants’ ethnomethods. I base my analyses and discussions on the narratives of Chinese, Filipino, and Indian landed immigrants in Alberta. Participants’ narratives yield interesting plots complementary to my study assumptions: 1) Canada’s accommodation of these immigrants through decredentialing and recredentialing, ethnification, linguistic prejudice, and racialization of education and labor comprises the major plot in international movements and relations; 2) changes in the nature of Chinese, Indian, and Philippine societies plus these countries’ higher education policies and labor market practices that serve as the push factors in international migration are complicit in a global circuit of oppression; 3) continuing colonialism in the supraterritorial regime of neoliberal globalization impacts on the global migrants: deregulation of market dynamics, development's inability to deliver its promise of a quality of life for most people, fascism of insecurity, global market-determined economy, hyper-marketization of social life, increasing incongruence of the functions of social emancipation and social regulation, liberalization of cross-border transactions, privatization of assets and social services, regulation of peoples and economies, and sovereignty of the market. I formulate policy alternatives to Alberta’s undelivered promises of democracy, justice, peace, and prosperity, and show that study participants – faced with a spectrum of freedoms and constraints – actively engage in the making of their preferred social order.
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