Steve Jordan

Steve Jordan is associate professor and chair of the department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. Steve’s areas of teaching and research interest include qualitative research methods, participatory action research, adult education and sociology of education. His research focuses on exploring how forms of action and participatory research can be used to enhance the learning of adults and aboriginal peoples in Canada. He is currently involved in two research projects that employ these methodologies. One focuses on the informal learning experiences of immigrant workers in the Montreal labour market, while the second is a participatory evaluation of an after-school program with the Cree Nation of Wemindji. Steve has published several articles on various aspects of adult education in, Societies and Education, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, McGill Journal of Education and Journal of Vocational Education and Training.

  • Fight Back

    Work Place Justice for Immigrants

    By Aziz Choudry, Jill Hanley, Steve Jordan, Eric Shragge and Martha Stiegman     April 2009

    Displacement of people, migration, immigration and the demand for labour are connected to the fundamental restructuring of capitalism and to the reduction of working class power through legislation to free the market from “state interference.” The consequence is that a large number of immigrant and temporary foreign workers face relentless competition and little in the way of protection in the labour market. Globally and in Canada, immigrant workers are not passive in the face of these conditions: they survive and fight back. This book documents their struggles and analyses them within the context of neoliberal globalization and the international and national labour markets. Fight Back grew out of collaboration between a group of university-affiliated researchers who are active in different social movements and community organizations in partnership with the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal. The book shares with us the experiences of immigrant workers in a variety of workplaces. It is based on the underlying belief that the best kind of research that tells “how it really is” comes from the lived experience of people themselves.