Video of March 4 DSocSci presentations
Canada has completed its mission in Afghanistan. How has the security situation in Afghanistan been affected and does there exist a connection to the security of Canadians? Understanding the security impacts of Canadian involvement in failed and fragile states might inform future decisions regarding involvement of Canada in Afghanistan and other similar nation states. As a piece of action research, this question will be explored and recommendations made (if applicable) to improve aspects of Canadian national security policy or counter-terrorism strategy and associated programmes and processes.
Patricia Whelan: Exploring Street Involved Youth in Emergency Department
Exploring a problem through critical thought and inquiry is essential to understanding my chosen research about street involved youth. Through this doctoral program, I intend to explore how to improve the lived experience in the emergency department between healthcare and urban street involved youth who are currently invisible in their health care.
Eva Jewell: Restoring Community - Inclusion at Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
A shift in consciousness has occurred for community leadership in Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (COTTFN): in order to truly create the outcomes of community wellness and prosperity, a viable and realistic solution must be constructed by the people—not prescribed or implemented by external sources. As a result of Community Development at COTTFN, there is an opportunity to research how restoring Anishinaabe ways of knowing and relating can inform the First Nation's strategic direction toward quality of life.
Vincent Eagan: Symbolic Interaction and Police use of Force
My research is examining police use of force through the epistemology of Mead (1934) and Blumer’s (1969) symbolic interactionist theories. The main methodology used for case studies and interviews with police officers is a grounded theory approach. The research is intended to complement the role of formal legal inquiries. The social behavior approach of Mead and other symbolic interaction theorists holds that we act in how we think others will interpret our actions with ongoing adjustments to our behaviour. This communication occurs at all perceptual levels with meanings, gestures, and symbols. This can be applied to many interactions between police and citizen that have the element of some threat when misinterpretations occur. Public trust of police is important to which my research will heavily weigh social accountability, social justice, and also the therapeutic jurisdiction of Coroners Inquests and Inquiries that are less focused on legal responsibility.