Lived experience of economic and political trends related to globalization

Jennifer Cushon, Nazeem Muhajarine, Ronald Labonte

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    Objective: A multi-method case study examined how the economic and political processes of globalization have influenced the determinants of health among low-income children in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. This paper presents the results from the qualitative interview component of the case study. The purpose of the interviews was to uncover the lived experience of low-income families and their children in Saskatoon with regards to political and economic trends related to globalization, an important addition to the usual globalization and health research that relies primarily on cross-country regressions in which the personal impacts remain hidden. Methods: In-depth phenomenological interviews with 26 low-income parents of young children (aged zero to five) who were residents of Saskatoon. A combination of volunteer and criterion sampling was used. Interview questions were open-ended and based upon an analytical framework. Analysis proceeded through immersion in the data, a process of open coding, and finally through a process of selective coding. Results: The larger case study and interviews indicate that globalization has largely not been benefiting low-income parents with young children. Lowincome families with young children were struggling to survive, despite the tremendous economic growth occurring in Saskatchewan and Saskatoon at the time of the interviews. This often led to participants expressing a sense of helplessness, despair, isolation, and/or anger. Conclusions: Respondents' experiences suggest that globalization-related changes in social conditions and public policies and programs have great potential to negatively affect family health through either psychosocial effects in individuals and/or decreased levels of social cohesion in the community.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)92-95
    Number of pages4
    JournalCanadian Journal of Public Health
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • Child
    • Economics
    • Health
    • Interview
    • Politics


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