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Queen's University

Margaret Little

B.J. Hons. (King's, Halifax); M.A. (Queen's); Ph.D. (York)

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Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C407
Phone: (613) 533-6233
Fax:  (613) 533-6848

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Research Interests

Welfare; poverty; violence; Canadian social policy; an intersectional analysis of the Canadian second wave women's movement

Brief Biography

Margaret Little is an anti-poverty activist and academic who works in the area of single mothers on welfare, neo-liberal welfare reform, and retraining for women on welfare. She is jointly appointed to Political Studies and Women's Studies and is the author of two books: If I Had a Hammer: Retraining that Really Works (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005) and the award-winningNo Car, No Radio, No Liquor Permit: The Moral Regulation of Single Mothers in Ontario, 1920-1997 (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1998). She is currently completing the following projects: an intersectional analysis of abused women's experiences of the Canadian state; an assessment of White Feminist Racism; and an exploration of marginalized mothers' experiences of the Canadian second wave women's movement.

She is the recipient of a number of research awards including a SSHRC Standard Grant (2006-2009) entitled, "Who's Hurting Now? A Race, Class and Gender Analysis of Neo-Liberal Welfare Reforms in Canada", and the Chancellor's Research Award (2000-2005) to study the impact of welfare reforms under the Ontario Mike Harris Government.

Selected Publications

If I Had a Hammer: Women's Retraining that Really Works,  (Vancouver: University ofBritish Columbia Press, 2005).

No Car, No Radio, No Liquor Permit: The Moral Regulation of Single Mothers in Ontario, 1920-1996, (Toronto: University of Oxford Press, 1998).

“Just another neoliberal worker: Tracing the State’s Treatment of Low-Income Mothers,” International Journal of Sociology of the Family, Vol. 38, No. 1, Spring 2012, pp. 1-18.

“Ontario and British Columbia Welfare Policy: Variants on a Neoliberal Theme,” with Lynne Marks, Special Issue on Feminist State Theory, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Middle East and Africa, Duke University Press, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2010, pp. 192-203.

“The Increasing Invisibility of Mothering,” in Catherine Krull and Justyna Sempruch, eds.,Demystifying the Family/Work Contradiction: Challenges and Possibilities, Ch. 11, pp. 194-205, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, 2011.

"Hammering Their Way through the Barriers," Marjorie Cohen, ed.,  Training the Excluded for Work:  Access and Equity for Women, Immigrants, First Nations, Youth, and People with Low Income, (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2003), pp. 108-123.

"The Leaner, Meaner Welfare Machine: The Harris Government's Ideological and Material Attack on Single Mothers," Deborah Brock, ed., Making Normal: Social Regulation in Canada, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press,  2003), pp. 235-258.

 "A Five-Point Plan so Single Mothers can hold their heads up high," Harvey Schachter, ed., Prescriptions for Canada: Memos to the Prime Minister,  (Toronto: John Wiley & Sons, 2001), pp. 148-155. (has become a national bestseller)

Course(s) taught in 2012-2013

POLS 382 - Women and Politics (Fall term)

POLS 443/843 - Gender and Globalization (Winter term)


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