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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25647

Title: Rolling Out the Transformative Social Economy: A Case Study of Organic Intellectualism in Canadian Settlement Houses
Authors: Fong, Melissa
Advisor: Schugurensky, Daniel
Department: Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Keywords: activism
adult education
advocacy
alienation
anti-poverty
Canadian settlement houses
case study
community development
community economic development organizations
conscientization
counter-hegemony
governance
marxist-humanist
organic intellectualism
popular education
roll-out neoliberalism
social change
social economy
social movement
social service provision
social work
sociology
Toronto
transformative
welfare
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2011
Abstract: Social economy community development organizations (SECDOs) are social service organizations that provide poverty relief but do not necessarily inspire a counter-hegemonic antipoverty strategy against a neoliberal welfare state. Tension between providing human social services and engaging in advocacy is at the core of how SECDOs may be both complicit to as well as working against the neoliberalization of the welfare state. This study explores how SECDOs can nurture a new paradigm for community economic development organizations. Through a case study of a Canadian settlement house, the research demonstrates how transforming work may encourage a culture of organic intellectualism or, a culture of emancipatory consciousness-raising. By re-organizing workplace practices, such as working collaboratively, providing a hub for services and engaging in popular education, transformative SECDOs help provide the conditions for citizens to affect governance. The research theorizes how SECDOs may foster a culture of organic intellectualism to promote the transformative social economy.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25647
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