An intersectional analysis of Aboriginal women in the Downtown Eastside and B.C.'s income assistance policy

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Discrimination in employment -- Case Studies
Public welfare -- British Columbia
Downtown-Eastside (Vancouver, B.C.) -- Social conditions
Downtown-Eastside (Vancouver, B.C.) -- Economic conditions
Social sciences -- Research -- British Columbia -- Vancouver
Social sciences -- Research -- Methodology -- Case studies.
Intersectional theory
Downtown Eastside
Income assistance
Aboriginal women
Racial discrimination
Gender discrimination

This project uses intersectional theory to analyze the socio-economic status of Aboriginal women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Intersectionality emphasizes that the life experiences of some individuals are shaped by, not only one, but multiple forms of oppression. Through an interpretive analysis of first person interviews with members of B.C.'s income assistance policy community, I find that gender and ethnicity contribute to structuring the socio-economic status of Aboriginal women in this area. Specifically, gender and racial stereotypes in the labour market and everyday public life shape their material well-being. Strengthening income assistance in conjunction with other social policies may help Aboriginal women improve their socio-economic status. However, government action alone will not solve the problem. The mere existence of gender stereotypes of women and racial stereotypes of Aboriginal people means that gender and ethnicity will continue to contribute to shaping the socio-economic status of this group.

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Dept. of Political Science - Simon Fraser University
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Research Project (M.A.)