J.S. Woodsworth, a founding member and leader of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (forerunner of the New Democratic Party) and member of Parliament, was a social policy pioneer who promoted human welfare and rights over interests of property or finance. The essays in Human Welfare, Rights, and Social Activism explore the contemporary significance of Woodsworth's human rights framework by examining current social welfare objectives. Canadians continue to grapple with the enduring question of how to accommodate and reconcile social diversity and difference while articulating a common interest and advancing human rights, both domestically and internationally. These interdisciplinary essays address such issues as globalization, labour rights and law, the gendered and racialized dimensions of transnational labour, the relationship between human rights, social programs, and social rights, and the emergent cultural politics of difference. Taken as a whole, these essays pursue a careful consideration of the historical and contemporary exclusions to polity that occur around gender, ethnicity, class, and race.
Jane Pulkingham is a professor in and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University.
Acknowledgments Contributors * A Common Interest? Refl ections on the Social Legacy of J.S. Woodsworth and the Contemporary Politics of Social Change in Canada by Jane Pulkingham * The Historical Woodsworth and Contemporary Politics by Allen Mills (University of Winnipeg) * Labour Rights in an Interregnum: The Ambiguous Legacy of J.S. Woodsworth by Eeric Tucker (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University) * The Changing Struggle for Rights: A Critical Look at the Origins and Fate of Human Rights by Gary Teeple (Simon Fraser University) * Social Rights Are Human Rights: Furthering the Democratic Project by Hugh Shewell (Carleton University) * Human Rights and Poverty: A Twenty-First Century Tribute to J.S. Woodsworth and Call for Human Rights by Gwen Brodsky (Poverty and Human Rights Centre, Vancouver) * Human Needs above Property Rights? Rethinking the Woodsworth Legacy in an Era of Economic Globalization by David Schneiderman (University of Toronto) * Zones of Abandonment: The Cultural Politics of Public Health in Vancouver's Inner City by Denielle Elliott (University of British Columbia) *'Re-construction' from the Viewpoint of Precarious Labour: The Practice of Solidarity by Geraldina Polanco (University of British Columbia) and Cecily Nicholson (Downtown Eastside Women's Center and Shelter, Vancouver) * J.S. Woodsworth and the Discourse of White Civility by Daniel Coleman (McMaster University) * Embodied Memory: Universal Citizenship and Indigenous Cree Identity by Neal McLeod (Trent University) * Canadians of Tomorrow: J.S. Woodsworth and the New Ethnicities by David Chariandy (Simon Fraser University) Index