Dr. Dominique Clément
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Adjunct Professor, Department of History & Classics
Adjunct Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies
University of Alberta
My scholarship is concerned with social and political change in Canada and the ability of marginalized people to challenge state power as well as the hegemony of law. In particular, I am interested in the impact of rights discourse on social movements. My most recent research projects include a study of human rights law in Canada as well as a project that explores how our rights culture has evolved in recent years. I am also working on projects that deal with state funding for social movements; national security policies and counterterrorism; security and the Olympics; feminism and the history of the women’s movement in Canada; freedom of information policy; and civilian review of police misconduct.
I am the principal investigator for a five-year (2014-19) study that examines the history of state funding for social movements in Canada and how the relationship between the funding and the movements differs across movements, regions, and time periods. Public funding in Canada has enabled the emergence of a thriving social movement sector, but recent changes in government policy have brought the sustainability of social movements to the forefront of public debate. Some organizations have struggled under these conditions, whereas others have thrived because of innovations in leadership, governance, fundraising, and community outreach. This project addresses a broad range of themes, including governance, federalism, social change, state policy, citizenship, gender, Aboriginal and environmental issues, and leadership and innovation in civic engagement. It is the first systematic examination of the breadth of state funding for social movements in Canada, and thus it offers the most comprehensive survey of how the social movement sector has evolved over time. As part of this project, I am writing a history of second-wave feminism in Canada.
Debating my recent project on rights inflation in the media:
Radio-Canada (Alberta): L’inflation des droits s’enracine au Canada?
CBC Radio: The 180 on rights inflation in Canada,
Human Rights in Canada: A History (40 minutes) [aussi en français]
Historical Sociology and Human Rights (9 minutes)
A presentation on sociology as interdisciplinary studies, and how historical sociology can offer unique insights on human rights.