“The true north, strong and queer?” : (un)mapping discourses of homonationalism, colonialism and activism within the Canadian prison reform movement

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dc.contributor.advisor Byers, Michele, 1971-
dc.creator Arsenault, Emily Marie
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-14T15:06:15Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-14T15:06:15Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.other HQ73.73.C2 A77 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/29351
dc.description 114 leaves ; 29 cm
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 109-114).
dc.description.abstract In the last 50 years, Canada has embodied a public national and international image of benevolence, which has supported the narrative of Canada as being a “uniquely progressive country” and “LGBTQ safe-haven.” Despite this narrative, many racial and social groups in Canada remain marginalized, criminalized, and invisible. With the theoretical and conceptual guidance of a number of critical scholars in the fields of Prison Studies and Queer Theory, this dissertation explores two trusted institutionally-based prison reform organizations via Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA); identifying, unpacking and disrupting dominant discourses of sexuality, nationalism and reform which perpetuate and nurture the ongoing marginalization and criminalization of LGBTQ2+ people in Canada. The findings of this dissertation sheds light on a number of different institutional discourses which hinder transformative social change in Canada, elucidates and explores the bridge formed by institutional organizations between radical social movements and the status quo, and further stands as an ongoing call-to-action for both our trusted organizations, activists and broader social movements to reflect on whether their fight against oppression challenges neoliberal and homonational ideologies, or whether it supports a narrative of benevolence which renders certain social groups invisible. en_CA
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dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HQ73.73.C2
dc.subject.lcsh Sexual minorities -- Civil rights -- Canada
dc.subject.lcsh Prisoners -- Civil rights -- Canada
dc.subject.lcsh Social action -- Canada
dc.subject.lcsh John Howard Society of Canada
dc.subject.lcsh Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
dc.subject.lcsh Critical discourse analysis
dc.title “The true north, strong and queer?” : (un)mapping discourses of homonationalism, colonialism and activism within the Canadian prison reform movement en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Criminology
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Criminology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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