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The dominance of neoliberal ideology in public schooling and possibilities for reconstructing the common good in educationDownload
Neoliberal ideology has transformed education into a market model as competition, deregulation, stratification and the spread of market discourse and market ideology seep into public educational institutions, causing potentially negative social consequences and threatening their democratic...
The Perils of Institutionalization in Neoliberal Times: Results of a National Survey of Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault CentresDownload
This article reports on a national survey of Canadian rape crisis and sexual assault centres conducted in 2005. We situate our results in relation to feminist literature on the perils of institutionalization. We argue that institutionalization takes on new forms in the context of neoliberalism...
Governing through developmentality: the politics of international aid reform and the (re)production of power, neoliberalism and neocolonial interventions in GhanaDownload
The international donor community led by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has in the last decade or so intensified and consolidated its promotion of ‘poverty reduction’ as the central focus of international aid. The two institutions claim that this new approach is...
Grounding global seeds: a contextual comparison of the politico-ecological implications of genetically modified crops for farming communities in Alberta (Canada) and Andhra Pradesh (India)Download
The main objective of my dissertation is to analyze and compare the socio-ecological implications of the adoption of genetically modified (GM) seeds and alternative agroecological farming methods for farming communities in Alberta, Canada and Andhra Pradesh, India – localities situated in...
This thesis examines to what extent globalization has affected the political economy of Canadian regionalism. Using a critical framework, Canadian history is interpreted as the production of a Canadian territorial space, complete with uneven spatial development. With a theoretical framework and...
Chronic disease is the largest cause of death in the world. Yet little is known about how globalization forces affect the body and the experience of someone who is chronically ill. The need for specialized knowledge of subjective data is significant as it will assist us to improve our...
The World Bank and the Knowledge for Development (K4D) Initiative: A Post-Structuralist Investigation of the World Bank’s Attempts to Govern Global Development KnowledgeDownload
In 1999, the World Bank launched the K4D initiative as part of its new development agenda. The Bank also established itself as the global development knowledge bank suggesting that these moves would yield more pro-poor development results. This thesis examines the Bank’s knowledge ventures and...
Maintaining the mission: a comparative case study of two youth-serving, nonprofit agencies in Edmonton, AlbertaDownload
This study explores the impact of social, economic, and political environments on social service nonprofit and voluntary organizations in Edmonton and Alberta. Using comparative case-study methodology, the research examines how two youth-serving nonprofit agencies in Edmonton experience and...
This dissertation examines the relationship between Canadian newspapers, the development of Alberta’s oil sands, and neoliberalism. It uses both content and discourse analysis to analyze coverage of oil sands development in six English-Canadian newspapers between October 1, 2005 and October 31,...
Moving through uncertain times: A morphogenetic approach to understanding people's response to crisis in two forest community contexts in rural British ColumbiaDownload
The degree to which individuals have agency to respond during crisis, and the degree to which social structure and culture influence their course of action, present compelling questions for understanding social change. The tradition of examining the interplay between agency and social structure,...