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Richard Day

Richard Day


Associate Professor

B.A.Sc.(UBC), M.A.(York,Toronto), Ph.D.(SFU) 

Cross appointed with Global Development Studies


Research Areas

  • Social Theory
  • Cultural Studies
  • Radical Social Movements
  • Anarchism
  • Continental Philosophy

Richard Day's Ph.D. thesis is a study of ethnic identity and state regulation in Canada since the arrival of the Europeans. It uses Lacanian and Foucaultian theory to analyze and critique the Canadian discourse on 'ethnic and racial diversity' as a public problem requiring rational-bureaucratic solutions. It was published in 2000 by University of Toronto Press as Multiculturalism and the History of Canadian Diversity.

His current work focuses on the broader question of the articulation of social subjects with group identities such as those offered up by nations, states, and capitalist corporations. He is particularly interested in the possibilities for radical social change via the construction of alternative communities and polities. This has led to research into theoretical and practical models derived from western anarchism, Native American political theory, the anti-globalization movement, as well as feminist, postcolonial, and queer theories.

In addition to his academic work, Richard maintains a commitment to strengthening co-operative (non-coercive, non-corporate, non-state) forms of social organization wherever and whenever possible, and is involved in various local and global activist projects.

Selected Publications

Gramsci is Dead: Anarchist Currents in the Newest Social Movements, Between the Lines, 2005.

"Anarchism, Indigenism, and Anti-Globalization in North American Social Movements," inDeriveApprodi, November 2003 (Italian translation), 2003.

"Can there be a postcolonial multiculturalism? A response to Ian Angus," in International Journal of Canadian Studies, Summer 2003.

"BC Land Claims, Liberal Multiculturalism, and the Specter of Aboriginal Nationhood," with T. Sadik, in BC Studies, Summer 2002.

"Who is this 'we' that gives the gift? Native American political theory and 'the Western tradition,'" in Critical Horizons v. 2 n. 2, The Ashworth Centre for Social Theory, University of Melbourne, Australia, pp. 173-201, 2001

"Ethics, Affinity, and the Coming Communities," in Philosophy and Social Criticism, 27:1, pp. 21-38, 2001.

"The University as Anarcho-Community," in I. Angus (ed) Anarcho-modernism: Essays in Honour of Jerry Zaslove, Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2001.