Outside the city walls: the construction of poverty in Alberta's Income and Employment Supports Act

  • Author / Creator
    Goa, Birte Hannah Katherine Ruth
  • Considerable research has been done on conceptions of poverty and on the welfare state; however, there is little research into the relationship between the two – the ways in which poverty discourses shape welfare states and how transitions in welfare states influence poverty discourses. Using Critical Discourse Analysis, I explore the underlying construction of poverty in Alberta’s income-support policy as it has developed within an active social policy framework. In the government documents analyzed, poverty is constructed as an objective and neutral assessment of unmet basic needs and is effectively removed from political debate. Also constructed as a lack of labour-market attachment, the poverty discourse that does exist is subsumed within the market discourse. The thesis argues that we need to expand our conceptions of poverty to improve our poverty alleviation strategies, to revitalize the place of social policy in Alberta, and to enrich the way in which we live together.

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    Master of Science
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    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Human Ecology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Givens, Lisa (Library and Information Studies)
    • Breitkreuz, Rhonda (Human Ecology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Oak, Arlene (Human Ecology)