Explorations in Environment and Development
Sachs is one of the most thoughtful and appealing intellectuals to deal with the dual crisis in the Western world’s relations with nature and social justice. In this book readers-be they concerned citizens, environmentalists, development specialists or cultural historians-will find trenchant and elegant explorations of some of the foremost issues the world faces at the beginning of the new century: Efficiency, the mantra of our times; Globalization, a market inevitability and the juggernaut of history; Sustainability, oxymoron as rhetoric; Development, the 20th century’s great undelivered promise; and Limits, a new principle for the coming century.
Economic Strategy, Markets and Alternatives for the 21st Century
This book explores important alternatives to the neo-liberal ideology of free trade. MacEwan subjects some of the central tenets of modern economics to close scrutiny. He argues that current policies are delivering neither sustained economic growth nor many of the other things fundamental to people’s well-being. MacEwan argues forcefully that it is possible to construct a democratically controlled economic strategy which both delivers growth and meets everyone’s needs on a basis of equality.
Scotia and Nova Scotia, c.1700-1990
The essays in this volume, which are drawn from a wide range of disciplines, challenge us to consider critically the commonly held assumption that Nova Scotia is essentially Scottish in character. They do so by exploring the origin of the mythic understanding of the link between Scotland and Nova Scotia, by expanding the examination of Scottish influences from the customary focus on Highland migrants to also include mercantile, philanthropic and professional transatlantic connections, and by studying how the memory of the links between the sending and receiving societies has been maintained in the oral and literary traditions. Rather than denying the legitimacy of popular perceptions, this collection points to the varied and complex transatlantic relationship that has existed between Scotland and Nova Scotia and provides the foundation for a broader, more sophisticated, approach to this rich subject.
The Paradox of Fostering
Foster care is the most important component of child welfare services in Canada. Currently, foster care services are portrayed negatively with a continuous stream of stories in the media about poor foster care services. But who are foster care givers and what happens to a family when a foster child enters their family? Baukje (Bo) Miedema’s research reveals that the most important care giver in foster care is the foster mother. Why do these women care for seriously traumatized children on a 24 hour basis without a wage? This book tells the story of twenty foster mothers and their daily activities. Their stories are surprising, troubling and heart warming.
Ten men examine how masculinity in contemporary society is connected to power. The questions these authors ask and answer are critical. What is power? Is power always “at someone else’s expense” or can power be healthy and affirming? How is masculinity constructed to include power? Who suffers and who benefits from this gendered power? How are men both beneficiaries and victims of the cultural expectation to be powerful. And what are the alternatives if men seek to reject this power imperative? From their perspectives as philosophers or psychologists, as playwrights or Buddhists, as gender activists or simply curious observers of modern men, the authors unfold a rich ethical and intellectual territory. Individually they struggle to reveal something of the deep reaches that are part of being a man. Individually they face squarely the troublesome and dangerous elements of power. And collectively they leave the reader cautiously optimistic that men can do something substantially different with their attachments to power.
Dreaming First Nations’ Independence
Activist and scholar Patricia Monture-Angus examines her own intellectual and personal colonization as a way to share ideas about what she, as a Mohawk woman, sees as the next steps on the path to finding a solution to the continued oppression of First Nations people. She is dissatisfied with the circuitous progress with which Aboriginal claims and issues are being dealt with in both Canadian courts and Canadian politics. As well, because many current day First Nations political institutions are framed within and defined by the Indian Act, the author also questions the ability of these organizations to assist in fully eradicating the oppression their citizens. She rejects the idea of “self-government” (a goal too narrow and overly inundated by colonial meanings to provide a full solution) in favour of a much larger idea-independence. Jouneying Forward is readable, challenging, personal and passionate.
Social Policy in a Market Society
Social policy is about citizens choosing the kind of society they want to live in. The mid-20th Century Keynesian welfare state can be seen as a citizenship package which included acceptance of intervention by the state to maintain economic growth and social stability, that meant the inclusion of many previously excluded groups in the social policy process and the institutionalization of a collective responsibility for individual welfare. But, with the ascendancy of neo-liberalism, the politics of citizenship is being replaced by a notion of citizens as consumers, whose medium of social interaction and source of economic and social security is the capitalist market.
Phoenix or Fizzle?
The National Child Benefit announced in the 1997 federal Budget promised 850 million dollars to move children out of the welfare rolls and the trap of poverty. This book attempts to outline the key concepts of this new program and set the stage for discussion of its potential impact. The writers do not agree. This book does not present a unified argument either supporting or critiquing the program but raises a series of important issues and concerns regarding the programs effectiveness in addressing child poverty. The question remains: Is this new federal social program a phoenix rising from the ashes of past social welfare programs or just a federal fizzle?
The Latimer Case and People with Disabilities
A Voice Unheard shows the positive options for Canadians with disabilities. It features parents, able-bodied and disabled, who see potential where others see only dark despair. It shows how the majority of people with disabilities know that death was not Tracy Latimer’s only option. Their voices are valid in the debate about Robert Latimer and disability and must be heard.
Developing a Community Response
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Effects (FAS/E) are particularly serious problems in many northern communities. Canadian material on this subject is lacking and services are poorly developed. Part of the reason has to do with the relatively recent recognition of FAS/E. However there is also the problem of hinterland location and resulting marginalization of populations in Northern parts of the country. The intent of this book is to provide an informative, practical and critical resource that will be useful to people such as social workers, educators, foster parents, case aides and nurses who provide direct service to those affected by FAS/E. The book challenges program planners and policy makers to recognize the seriousness of the problem and its long term effects. Contributors largely represent actual human service workers as opposed to academics.