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Outlooks toward Government Institutions in Quebec  [PDF]
Mebs Kanji, Kerry Tannahill
Open Journal of Political Science (OJPS) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/ojps.2013.34025

The 2012 Quebec election campaign began with opposition parties claiming that factors such as corruption and false promises (among others) had made Quebecers leery of their government institutions. The time had come to clean house and get the province back on track to good governance and prosperity. In this paper, we employ new data from the Quebec component of the Comparative Provincial Election Project to examine Quebecers’ outlooks toward various government institutions. How confident are Quebecers in their political parties, governments, legislatures and civil service? Is there any evidence to suggest that Quebecers’ views on these specific government institutions are any different across various levels of government? And what accounts for any negativity that Quebecers may feel? More specifically, this analysis considers a variety of plausible explanations, including poor government performance, pervasive cynicism, rising levels of cognitive mobilization, the rise of post-materialist values and declining levels of interpersonal trust, just to name a few.

Outlooks toward Democracy in Quebec  [PDF]
Mebs Kanji, Kerry Lynne Tannahill
Open Journal of Political Science (OJPS) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/ojps.2014.44031
Abstract: Support for democratic regime principles is generally strong and stable across advanced industrial democracies. However, as groups of society are becoming increasingly informed and critical and certain segments remain widely and consistently left out or disillusioned, opinions of democracy may suffer. Using a unique dataset (the Comparative Provincial Election Study) with a representative sample of Quebec voters, this analysis provides for the first time a more detailed and focused examination of orientations toward the democratic political regime across three different levels of government (national, provincial, and municipal). Our study reveals that, while most Quebecers feel that a democratic political regime is a good way of governing at all levels of government, only slightly more than a majority commit solely to a democratic alternative and sizeable segments are open to other regime types as well. Also, few Quebecers feel that their democracies are working well in practice at all levels. Our analysis also reveals significant variation in terms of specific support for authorities, institutions of government, and the workings of democracy. More specifically, Quebecers have less confidence in their political leaders than in their elected representatives, more confidence in their legislatures and civil service than in governments and political parties, and they have the lowest confidence in most of these objects at the federal level. Finally, our findings show that these negative orientations toward specific political objects have robust and significant negative effects on the way Quebecers feel about how well their democratic communities are working in practice, even while controlling for other theoretically relevant cultural, structural, and contextual factors.
The Identification of a Novel, High Frequency Variant in the Cytochrome b Gene in an Isolated Population of a Rare Fish, Spined Loach Cobitis taenia, in England: A Population Worth Protecting?  [PDF]
R. Rahbari, K. Tannahill, C. Tobin, P. Robotham, I. D. Nicholl
Open Journal of Ecology (OJE) , 2017, DOI: 10.4236/oje.2017.73014
Abstract: The spined loach Cobitis taenia, is listed as a protected species under Appendix 3 of the Bern Convention and Annex II of the European Council Directive (92/43/EEC) on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora. It is desirable therefore to understand the genetic diversity within European populations. In a molecular genetic analysis of the cytochrome b gene in Cobitis taenia from three sites in the upper reaches of the River Trent catchment, a novel high frequency variant was identified which has not been previously reported in any European or Non-European population.
Kerry Longhurst
Romanian Journal of European Affairs (RJEA) , 2011,
Abstract: The present article tackles the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in the context of the European Union’s Eastern neighbours – Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus. Reflected on the May 2011 Communication drafted by the European Commission and High Representative ‘A New Response to a Changing Neighbourhood’, the article focuses on the main steps of ENP’s evolution, looking at the political and economic offer made to the partner countries, the state of the neighbourhood, the progress made in the ENP Eastern countries, the regional component of the policy.
How Education Media can benefit the International Student Population in the United States University Setting
Kerry Purmensky
Journal of Educational Media & Library Sciences , 2005,
Abstract: This study investigated international students’ access to the Internet, their use of webbased educational media, and the differences between those who utilized a website designed to decrease acculturative stress and those who did not. Results indicated that international students applying to universities in the United States have excellent access to the Internet, although in some areas it is still very expensive. Of the students who utilized the website designed for them, most found it was very helpful to their adjustment to life at the university. Many of those same students also reported that they used web-based educational media resources to help them decide which university to attend. Universities need to focus their attention on using web-based educational media to attract and assist their international student populations.
A Reflection on Classroom Observation: A Reminder Regarding Accommodating Different Learning Styles
Kerry Mullan
Humanising Language Teaching , 2011, DOI: 17559715
Lepcha Narratives of their Threatened Sacred Landscapes
Kerry Little
Transforming Cultures , 2008,
Abstract: forthcoming
From the villages to the cities: the battlegrounds for Lepcha protests
Kerry Little
Transforming Cultures , 2010,
Abstract: Lepchas are the Indigenous people of Sikkim, a small Himalayan state in north-east India. They are known for their deep knowledge of botany and ecology; their close connection to their landscape has been acknowledged and admired for centuries. Their feeling for nature and reluctance to accept change to their sacred landscape, contributed to a protest movement to stop the development of several mega hydro-electric projects inside the Lepcha Dzongu Reserve in North Sikkim. The Lepcha activists’ battle to stop the hydro projects started in Dzongu villages in 2003 and relocated to the capital of Sikkim, Gangtok in June 2007. Bhutia-Lepcha (BL) House, a worn out building on Tibet Road in Gangtok became the site of their flagship protest, a relay hunger strike which ran for close to two and a half years. The protest also extended to the Lepcha enclave in neighbouring West Bengal and the city of New Delhi where the activists spread their protest narrative to the wider Lepcha community, NGOs and the Indian Central government. In 2008 the Lepcha activists, aware that they needed to re-engage their community, started to shift their campaign back to the villages. This paper analyses the Lepcha protest narrative, contextualising it in terms of cultural heritage and contemporary political economy. It evaluates the protest group’s strategic use of both rural and urban settings to strengthen the impact of their campaign.
Stay the Night: Meera Margaret Singh at the Gladstone Hotel Stay the Night : Meera Margaret Singh à l’h tel Gladstone
Kerry Manders
MediaTropes , 2012,
Abstract: This essay examines Meera Margaret Singh’s exhibition Nightingale in the time and place of the liminal space we call “hotel.” In intertexual dialogue with Wayne Koestenbaum’s Hotel Theory, the author not only reviews Singh’s intimate photographs of her mother, she reads the images with and against the architecture in which they are exhibited. The Gladstone as exhibition space redoubles Singh’s emphasis on the tense connectivity of apparent binaries: youth and age, public and private, artist and model, object and spectator, living and dying. The quotidian activities of hotel living—guests’ arrivals, departures, and returns—become inextricable pieces of Singh’s site-specific installation. The author theorizes what Freud calls the “foretaste of mourning” in this work, grappling with what will be but is not yet the death of the mother. Singh’s Nightingale proposes that we do not “work through” mourning: mourning is a perpetual way of being in the present. Cet article examine l’exposition photographique de Meera Margaret Singh dans l’espace liminal qu’est l’h tel. En dialogue intertextuel avec l’ uvre de Wayne Koestenbaum, Hotel Theory, l’auteur examine les portraits intimes de la mère de la photographe, tout en les lisant en fonction de l’architecture de leur emplacement. L’h tel Gladstone en tant que lieu d’exposition redouble donc l’accent que met la photographe sur les liens tendus des systèmes binaires apparents: la jeunesse et l’age ; le public et le privé ; l’artiste et le modèle ; l’objet et le spectateur; vivre et mourir. Les activités quotidiennes de la vie en h tel – l’arrivée, le départ, et le retour d’invités – deviennent des éléments inextricables de l’ uvre in situ. L’auteur théorise le concept de Freud sur l’avant-go t du deuil, explorant ce qui deviendra mais ne l’est pas encore : la mort de la mère. Cette exposition propose que nous ne faisons pas le deuil : le deuil est une fa on perpétuelle d’exister au présent.
Look at me! Look at me! Self-representation and self-exposure through online networks
Kerry Mallan
Digital Culture & Education , 2009,
Abstract: With the ever more user-friendly Web, the opportunities to use available channels of online communication complicate ways in which individuals oscillate between exhibition and inhibition, self-exposure and self-preservation, authenticity and deception. This paper draws on empirical research with high school students to examine the ways in which youth represent themselves and interact with friends and others in online networks such as MySpace. The conceptual framework for the discussion draws on the politics of visibility and notions of spatiality. These twin factors have consequences for new modes of technologically-mediated modes of representation with respect to community, friends, communication, and recognition. They also are helpful for considering what self-exposure means in terms of trust, risk, and privacy. The paper argues that there is no escaping the fact that online networks and other related activities hold both promise and peril. However, in constructing new social practices that traverse public and private spaces, technology itself is a key player in shaping how a community contributes to an individual’s identity formation and social activities.
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