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This dissertation examines four Indigenous novels published in Canada and the United States between 1990 and 2000. Building upon Indigenous and non-Indigenous theories of literary nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and globalization, this project focuses on narrative articulations of Indigenous...
This dissertation looks at urban housing fields (its policies, services, actors, and structures) in two Canadian cities: Edmonton and Winnipeg. Using a Bourdieusian method of field analysis, I ask how local networks of actors engaged in the struggle over housing resources govern and are governed...
Imagining Resistance and Solidarity in the Neoliberal Age of U.S. Imperialism, Black Feminism, and Caribbean DiasporaDownload
This dissertation analyzes representational problems of black resistance and solidarity in the neoliberal age. Focusing on transnational black female protagonists in works by Paule Marshall, Jamaica Kincaid, and Michelle Cliff, I consider how they are imagined to resist and assist U.S.-Caribbean...
The Ethnography of Violent Economies: Neoliberalism, Microcredit NGOs, Power Inequalities, and Capability Deprivations in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, BangladeshDownload
During the 1990s, microcredit, also known as “microfinance,” received global recognition as an effective social and economic development tool from major international development institutions and donor agencies, including the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. The incorporation of microcredit...
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...
This dissertation traces the evolution, survival and re-emergence of a Korean ‘self-reconstruction’ capitalism from the 1910s to the 1990s. Self-reconstruction capitalist thought and practice kept alive in the ‘margins’ the only tradition of classical economic liberalism in modern Korean history,...
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...
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...
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,...
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...