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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/26495

Title: Racing Solidarity, Remaking Labour: Labour Renewal from a Decolonizing and Anti-racism Perspective
Authors: Ng, Winnie Wun Wun
Advisor: Jackson, Nancy
Department: Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Keywords: labour studies
solidarity and movement building
critical education
anti-racism education
race and class
inter-racial working class consciousness
Aboriginal circle methodology
arts-informed research
social movement
Issue Date: 9-Mar-2011
Abstract: The study examines how Aboriginal workers and workers of colour experience union solidarity and explores the necessary conditions for the remaking of solidarity and the renewal of the labour movement. Grounded in anti-colonial discursive framework, the study analyzes the cultures and practices of labour solidarity through the lived experiences of Aboriginal activist and activists of colour within the Canadian labour movement. Utilizing the research methodologies of participatory action research, arts-informed research and critical autobiography, the research draws on the richness of the participants’ collective experiences and visual images co-created during the inquiry. The study also relies on the researcher’s self-narrative as a long time labour activist as a key part of the embodied knowledge production and sense making of a movement that is under enormous challenges and internal competing tension exacerbated by the neoliberal agenda. The findings reveal sense of profound gap between what participants experience as daily practices of solidarity and what they envisioned. Through the research process, the study explores and demonstrates the importance and potential of a more holistic and integrative critical education approach on anti-racism and decolonization. The study proposes a pedagogical framework on solidarity building with four interlinking components – rediscovering, restoring, reimagining and reclaiming – as a way to make whole for many Aboriginal activists and activists of colour within the labour movement. The pedagogy of solidarity offers a transformative process for activists to build solidarity across constituencies in the pursuit of labour renewal and social justice movement building.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/26495
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