Access to Information and Social Justice

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9781894037679: Access to Information and Social Justice

Access to Information and Social Justice combines the political and the practical aspects of Access to Information (ATI) research into a single volume in order to reinvigorate critical social science, investigative journalism, and social activism in Canada. Not only does it expose some of the most important political stories and issues uncovered by ATI researchers in recent years, it also facilitates future investigations by demonstrating, in concrete ways, how any citizen can effectively use ATI requests in their work and in their capacity as socially engaged citizens.

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About the Author:

Jamie Brownlee is the author of Ruling Canada: Corporate Cohesion and Democracy (2005, Fernwood). He holds a PhD in Sociology and Political Economy from Carleton University. Using information collected through Access to Information requests, his doctoral research examined the influence of corporate power in the sphere of higher education.

Kevin Walby is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Winnipeg. He is the author of Touching Encounters: Sex, Work, and Male-for-Male Internet Escorting (2012, University of Chicago Press), the co-author of Municipal Corporate Security in International Context (2015, Routledge), and the co-editor of Brokering Access: Power, Politics, and Freedom of Information Process in Canada (2012, UBC Press) and Policing Cities: Urban Securitization and Regulation (2013, Routledge). He is also the Prisoners' Struggles editor for the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons.

Review:

It's time to expand public awareness about how the right to know is being deliberately undermined, often with smug condescension, in ways that centralize power through the control of information. It's time for a thoughtful national debate on the legislative mechanisms designed to empower us all to seek answers. That's why this book matters.--Robert Cribb, Toronto Star

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