Sociology and Anthropology - Theses, Dissertations, and other Required Graduate Degree Essays

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Dangerous truth : interethnic competition in a northeastern Ontario goldmining community

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1984
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Theses (Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (Ph.D.)

The failing strategy of international trade unionism

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2006
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This thesis outlines the current activities of the largest transnational trade union organization, and offers an explanation as to why it is not succeeding in its efforts to curtail the power of global capital. The paper employs Gramsci's notion of a historic bloc and van der Pijl's understanding of fractions of capital to examine the dilemma faced by Global Unions in seeking to extend to the global level the industrial relations regimes secured in the postwar period throughout the advanced capitalist countries. It is argued that the historical conditions that allowed for a strong role in postwar capitalist hegemony have disappeared, and the current structure of global capitalist hegemony offers no similar opportunities for trade unions. By comparing the conditions that facilitated the creation of postwar industrial relations regimes to the current situation, the thesis hopes to illustrate the historical limitations of trade unionism as an effective form of resistance.

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Department of Sociology and Anthropology - Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Socialism in North America : the case of British Columbia and Washington State, 1900-1960

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1983
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Thesis
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Theses (Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (Ph.D.)

Sociology of industrial conflice in Ghana, 1957-1972

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1983
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Thesis
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Theses (Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Challenging the family wage ideal: understanding the changes to child employment standards in British Columbia

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2006
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In 2003, the Liberal government of British Columbia passed Bill 37 which amended employment standards affecting children, part of an overall process of neoliberal economic restructuring. These changes must be understood within the broader historical context of the restructuring of the market economy. This thesis argues that the economic activity of children is one aspect of working class strategies to maintain family economic stability in the face of capitalist restructuring and, in particular, current efforts to entrench the market principle in society. In order to demonstrate the argument, this thesis employs an historical comparative analysis and draws on the theoretical work of Gramsci, Polanyi and Marx to outline the role of economic and ideological change in shaping working class family strategies to maintain economic stability.

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Thesis
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Department of Sociology and Anthropology - Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)