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

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

Disciplining pedestrians: a critical analysis of traffic safety discourses

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2006
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This thesis examines how a non-profit organization, concerned with reducing injuries, promotes pedestrian safety in Canada. It is a case study which, from a critical perspective, uses several qualitative methods to locate the Canada Safety Council in its social context and to examine its conceptualizations of pedestrian safety within the ‘system’ of automobility. Through a review of relevant documents of the Canada Safety Council, this study examines safety promotion practices and discourses as they relate to the management of pedestrian risks. I discuss the political-economic implications of traffic safety promotion discourses within a neoliberal context that prefers individualized solutions to traffic risks. I argue that discourses of safety promotion discipline pedestrians and ultimately reinforce particular forms of mobility that support industries dependent on automobility. The promotion of pedestrian safety ensures pedestrians do not impede automobility and obscures a reconsideration of the adequacy of the ‘system’ of automobility for all people.

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

Organized labour vs. the state in British Columbia : the political limitations of trade unions

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1987
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Theses (Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

The Canadian Farmworkers Union : a case study in social movements

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1986
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Theses (Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Agrarian structure and social change : a case study of Bihar, India

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1985
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Theses (Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Agrarian reform and corporate clientelism : the case of Peru, 1968-1975

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