Les Samuelson

University of Saskatchewan

Les Samuelson teaches sociology at the University of Saskatchewan. He has an active interest in social justice initiatives, especially at the community level. His specific research interests include justice reform, especially as it pertains to Aboriginal people, and international crime, justice, and human rights.

  • Power and Resistance

    Critical Thinking about Canadian Social Issues, Sixth Edition

    Edited by Wayne Antony, Jessica Antony and Les Samuelson     Forthcoming April 2017

    “The perfect teaching tool to introduce students to some of the pressing challenges facing contemporary Canada and the world.”

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  • Power and Resistance, 5th ed.

    Critical Thinking about Canadian Social Issues

    Edited by Wayne Antony and Les Samuelson     March 2012

    How do we make sense of the social problems such as poverty, economic collapse, violence, homophobia and pollution that continue to plague Canadian society? From the neoliberal perspective all of these issues come down to individual choice and action, but from the critical perspective social issues emerge from inequalities – disparities in access to housing, education, healthcare and wealth, for example – and inequalities emerge from relations of power. Some groups of people have privileged access to resources and use their power to maintain and enhance their privilege, thereby creating problems for other groups of people. In Power and Resistance contributors use a variety of analytical approaches within this critical perspective to explore specific social, economic and political issues that result from social inequality. The essays in this collection also examine the ways that Canadians, both individually and collectively, resist these inequalities in order to resolve social troubles and create a more just society.

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  • Power and Resistance 4th ed.

    Critical Thinking about Canadian Social Issues (4th edition)

    Edited by Wayne Antony and Les Samuelson     January 2007

    How do we make sense of poverty, globalization, violence between men and women, youth politics, barriers to Aboriginal economic development, privatization of universities, and the like? These are just some of the questions taken up in Power and Resistance. The contributors to this book use a variety of analytical approaches. Yet, each shares a conviction that the social, economic and political issues confronting Canadians are shaped by the social inequalities that continue to plague us. At the same time, each author shows that, collectively and individually, Canadians resist these on-going inequalities in order to resolve our social troubles and create a more just society. This 4th edition adds chapters on youth politics, higher education, technology and work, and immigration.

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