Joan McFarland

Department of Economics
Professor, (1971)
BA (Victoria), MA, PhD (McGill)

Justice and Globalization -- Seminar Outlines

Selected Publications

"Self-Sufficiency and the Call Centre Industry in New Brunswick", Exploring the Dimensions of Self-Sufficienty in New Brunswick. NBASRDC, 2009.

"Telling the Story of Globalization, Neoliberalism and the Call Centre Industry in New Brunswick", Socialist Studies: The Journal of the Society for Socialist Studies, Spring 2009.

"Pioneer in Feminist Political Economy: Overcoming the Disjuncture" in Minds 0of Our Own: Inventing Women's / Feminist Studies in Canada, Wendy Robins, Meg Luxton, Francine Descarries, and Margrit Eicher (eds), Wilfred Laurier Press, May 2008.

"Call Centers: A New Solution to an Old Problem?" (with Tom Good) in From the net to the Net: Atlantic Canada and the Global Economy, James Sacouman and Henry Veltmeyer (eds), Garamond/Broadview, 2005.

"Microcredit for Women: Kerala-style", Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, Vol. 29, No. 1, Fall 2004.

With Tom Good, "Technology, Geography and Regulation: The Case of Call Centres in New Brunswick" in Challenging the Market: The Struggle to Regulate Work and Income, Leah Vosko and Jim Stanford, eds., McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004.

"Microcredit for poor women not the panacea it's claimed to be" The CCPA monitor, Vol 10, No. 6, Nov. 2003.

"Public Policy and Women's Access to Training in New Brunswick" in Training the Excluded for Work, Marjorie Cohen, ed., Vancouver: UBC Press, 2003.

"Call Centres in New Brunswick: Maquiladoras of the North?" Canadian Woman Studies, special issue "Women, Globalization and International Trade", Volumes 21/22, Numbers 4/1, Spring/Summer 2002.

Review of Power, Employment and Accumulation:Social Structures in EconomicTheory and Practice, ed. Jim Stanford, Lance Taylor and Ellen Houston in Feminist Economics, Vol. 8, No. I, 2002.

"Women's Access to Training in New Brunswick" Working Paper, Centre for Research on Work and Society, York University, May, 1999 (Also published on the NALD website:

With Abdella Abdou, "What's Happening with Training in New Brunswick?" Working paper, Centre for Research on Work and Society, York University, May 1998.

"From Feminism to Women's Human Rights: The Best Way Forward?" Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, Vol. 22.2, Spring 1998.

With Ruth Buchanan, "The Political Economy of New Brunswick's Call Centre Industry: Old Wine in New Bottles?" Socialist Studies Bulletin, Number 50, Oct./Nov./Dec. 1997.

"Many are Called, But What are the Choices?" New Maritimes, Vol XIV, Number Six (July/August 1996).

"From Nairobi to Beijing: How far have we come?" Women's Education des femmes, Vol 12, No 1 (Spring 1996).

With Bob Mullaly, "NB Works: Image vs Reality" in Jane Pulkingham and Gordon Ternowetsky, Remaking Social Policy: Social Security in the Late 1990's (Halifax: Fernwood, 1996).

"Law and Economics: A Feminist Economist's Critique" UNB Law Journal, Vol. 44, 1995.

With Dorothy MacKeracher, "Learning Working Knowledge: Implications for Training" Women's Education des femmes, Vol 10, No. 3/4, 1993/94.

"Combining Economic and Social Policy through work and welfare: the impact on women" Papers on Economic Equality, Status of Women Canada, 1994.

With Dorothy MacKeracher, Marg Wall and Bonnie Wood, "Women's Learning and Women's Work", in From the Margin to the Centre, Proceedings of the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Atlantic Association of Anthropologists and Sociologists, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, 1991.

With Mike Cole, "A Reply to Paul Willis's 'Unemployment: The Final Inequality'", British Journal of Sociology of Education, Vol. 9, No. 2, 1988.

"The Construction of Women and Development Theory: A Review Essay" Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology vol. 25 no. 2, May, 1988.

With Kathleen Driscoll, "The Effects of Feminist Approaches on Research Methodologies: Social Sciences" in The Effects of Feminist Approaches on Research Methodologies. Wilfrid Laurier Press, 1989.

"Women in the Potteries Industry: A Case of Lost Potential" Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, Vol. XI, No. 1 (Fall 1985).

"Underdevelopment and Economic Theory in Atlantic Canada", Acadiensis, Vol. XI, No. 2 (Spring 1982).

"Changing Modes of Social Control in a New Brunswick fish-packing town" Studiers in Political Economy no. 4, Fall 1980.

"Women and Unions: Help or Hindrance", Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Spring, 1979).

"Economics and Women: A Critique of the Scope of Traditional Analysis and Research," Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2 (April 1976).

Equality for Women? Co-authored with Kathleen D. Strouch, Fredericton: New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, 1974.

Linder and Demand-Led Theories of the Pattern of Trade: A Review in the Canadian Context. Ph.D. Thesis, McGill University, 1971.

Research Interests

Women in the Canadian Economy, women in the third world, and social policy reform.

Courses Regularly Taught

ECON 1006 Introduction to Economics - An introduction to economic analysis and current economic issues. This is a survey course which introduces students to the basic ideas used in economic analysis, and explores many real world issues such as globalization, poverty and unemployment, the environment and equality for women. 6credit hours.

ECON 2103 Microeconomic Theory I - A theory course which develops the basic techniques of microeconomic analysis. Topics will include theories of consumer demand, production, costs, the behaviour of producers under different market conditions, and the functioning of commodity markets. 3 credit hours.

ECON 2203 Community Economic Development - A course which explores the theory and practice of community economic development. It will include the examination of case studies of successful community economic development. The focus will be on the appropriateness and applicability of the model to the Maritimes. 3 credit hours.

ECON 2223 Political Economy of Women - This is a seminar course examining in depth selected topics on the political economy of women. Potential topics include women as paid workers, domestic labour and women and poverty. 3 credit hours.

ECON 2303 Women in the Third World - This course will critically examine the role of women in the Third World. It will concentrate largely on the changes in these roles and their correspondence with the transition from traditional to new forms of economic organization, production and power. 3 credit hours.

ECON 3233 Marxian Economics - An introduction to the theory and method of Marxian economics. The course will examine the basic elements of Marx's own economic theory and some of the major contributions that have been made subsequently by economists working in the Marxian tradition. 3 credit hours.

ECON 3333 Perspectives on Underdevelopment - An examination of the economic problems facing underdeveloped countries using a Political Economy approach. Theories of dependence, colonization, unequal exchange and their Marxist critiques will be examined as well as the limitations of traditional economic development theory. 3 credit hours.

ECON 3443 New Brunswick Economy - This course will examine the structure of the New Brunswick economy, analyze some of its major problems, and discuss various approaches to economic development. 3 credit hours.

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