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

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Racism and revolution : a case study of Angola. --

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1973
Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Supervisor(s): 
Don Barnett
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology
Thesis type: 
Thesis (M.A.)

On the development of socialist democracy in the German Democratic Republic. --

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1971
Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Supervisor(s): 
Heribert Adam
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology
Thesis type: 
Thesis (M.A.)

School for pass-whites. --

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1967
Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Supervisor(s): 
D.G. Bettison
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Dept. of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology) / Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
(Dissertation) Ph.D.

Canada and Cuba : a study in international relations. --

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1972
Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Supervisor(s): 
Maurice Halperin
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Dept. of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology)
Thesis type: 
(Dissertation) Ph.D.

A critique of Herbert Marcuse's concept of human liberation. --

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1971
Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Supervisor(s): 
Hari P. Sharma
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology.
Thesis type: 
Thesis (M.A.)

Political manipulation and rewards in the Crowsnest Pass, Southern Alberta. --

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1971
Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Supervisor(s): 
A.H. Somjee
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology.
Thesis type: 
Thesis (M.A.)

Early forms of political activity among white women in British Columbia, 1880-1925. --

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1971
Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Supervisor(s): 
Martin Robin
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology)
Thesis type: 
Thesis (M.A.)

The political party organization in a federal riding : a case-study of Burnaby-Coquitlam. --

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1966
Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Supervisor(s): 
T.B. Bottomore
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology.
Thesis type: 
Thesis (M.A.)

The challenge of developing sustainability in Tierra Del Fuego: Environmentalist contestation of the Rio Condor Forest Project in Chile

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2006
Abstract: 

Globally and nationally, corporations, states, and social movements are key social actors in initiatives to overcome deforestation through sustainable development projects. In Chile in the early 1990s, the Trillium Corporation of Bellingham, WA, US proposed but, after what amounted to a 13-year dispute, failed to develop the innovative Rio Condor sustainable forestry project to extract timber and foster socio-economic development in Tierra del Fuego. Based on my analysis of findings from participant observation, reports, secondary data, and 40 interviews that included representatives from Trillium, the Chilean government, environmental organizations, media and forest industry, it became evident that these key actors adapted and resisted socially constructed ideas of sustainable development and of environmentalism. In addition, the importance in recognizing ecological limits, regardless of one's take on environmentalism for socioeconomic development become evident along with revealing important lessons in the process of developing sustainability.

Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Supervisor(s): 
Marilyn Gates
Department: 
Arts and Social Scienes: Sociology and Anthropology
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.

School for pass-whites.

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1967
Abstract: 

The argument is pursued that the social structure of a suburban high school in South Africa can be related to the racial policy of the central government, the mores of the residents of the suburb, and the career ambitions of school teachers. Data collected, mainly by means of observer participation, in the suburb and in the school, is adduced in support of the argument. Description proceeds from the general to the particular: from a broad overview of race-relations in the suburb to a portrayal of the school as a facilitating mechanism in the process of passing for White, thence to a discussion of the effects of this involvement on the formal and informal structure of the teaching staff. The socio-economic and cultural affinity between the suburb's Whites and Coloureds permits of the emergence of cross-cutting loyalties between the two groups based on the socio-economic categories of "respectable" and "roff" rather than on colour and provides a favourable environment for pass-Whites. Passing for White is not an act essentially different from the wider process of upward social mobility as found among the Coloured people. It is not an act but a process involving anticipatory socialization and the creation of conditions of face-to-face segmentary interaction in which Whites might make ad hoc decisions which cumulatively add verisimilitude to the passer's claim to White status. Passers find in White schools one of the segmentary roles necessary for their purpose; passing is and has been for some decades endemic to many schools in South Africa. The Principal of the school on which this study focuses enrols to ? his school pass-Whites "acceptable to the community." He does so in iv response to a declining White enrolment, to pressures exerted by a relatively "colour-blind" community, and to pressures exerted by a school board which makes use of the school as a "buffer" institution. At the same time, for fear of having the school reclassified "Coloured" by the provincial educational bureaucracy, he attempts to exclude the "obviously" Coloured??n when they have White identity cards and the support of the school board. Compounding the Principal's tribulations is the disparate social-class backgrounds of teachers and pupils which provide grounds for disputes over the goals of vocational and regulatory training and the means whereby these goals are to be attained. Disciplinary problems ensue, the school's extra-curriculum withers away, and the school class?? members of which owe no allegiance to houses, clubs or socieities such as might cut across their allegiance to the class??omes the pre-eminent unit of social structure in the school. Teachers, deprived of the means par excellence of dividing and ruling their pupils (the creation and manipulation of cross-cutting allegiances) face in the class-room a solidary body of pupils united in their opposition to middle-class adult authority; this fact further compounds the school's ill-repute. Association with a pass-White and working-class school imperils the career ambitions of teachers so difficulty is experienced in attracting recruits to the teaching staff and in moderating their rate of turnover. A marked cleavage develops between transient recruits and long-term teachers. Long-term teachers, prevented for various reasons from quitting the school, experience frustration and indulge in perennial scapegoating activity. The Principal, caught between opposing pressures exerted by parents, teachers and arms of government, forfeits the V respect of his teachers and loses ground in his battle with the Vice-Principal for ascendency over the staff.

Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Supervisor(s): 
D.G. Bettison
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology
Thesis type: 
(Dissertation) Ph.D.