Joanne C. Minaker, PhD Associate Professor
I was featured in MacEwan’s “Our People” campaign, please click quotation to see the article or here to watch video.
“We have to recognise that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence.” Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” (Cornel West)
MacEwan University City Centre Campus
Room 6-396M, 10700-104 Ave
Edmonton, Alberta Canada T5J 4S2
(780) 633-3988 (780) 633-3636 email: email@example.com
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In my work I explore the tensions between individual agency/selfhood and social systems, paying particular attention to social relations and the power of “meaningful connections” in creating openings for personal transformation and social change. I am co-Editor of Criminalized Mothers, Criminalizing Motherhood (2015) recently published by Demeter Press. I co-authored the book Youth, Crime and Society: Issues of Power and Justice (2009, with Bryan Hogeveen) and have published on such issues as regulation of criminalized girls, violence by and against women, social justice and regulation of mothers.One of my current projects explores the challenges, barriers and opportunities young women encounter in their experiences of mothering at the margins of mainstream society. I share my work and expertise in academic and community settings. I have made several appearances on television and other local media.
Raising children who are caring, creative, and compassionate citizens is my most difficult and significant contribution – and by far the most rewarding. My passion to bring attention to social injustices affecting children, youth and their families stems from my experience sharing a life of love, learning, and laughter with my amazing academic husband Bryan and our inspiring children – sons Ayden (14) and Taryk (11), and daughter Maylah (7).
Cool Recent Highlights:
I presented “The Power of Meaningful Connections” at TEDxUAlberta on March 6, 2016.