Shiva Nourpanah's research while affiliated with Saint Mary's University and other places

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The starting point for this commentary is the fruitful exchange of ideas on the ethics of victimization research, published in this journal in 2011, sparked by Clark and Walker's article, “Research Ethics in Victimization Studies: Widening the Lens”. This article provoked a flurry of responses that, taken altogether, provide an illuminating corners...
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Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork done between April 2015 and August 2016 in Halifax, Canada, with nurses employed on temporary work permits in the healthcare sector in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, this research contributes to contemporary literature on certain forms of migration temporality and emotionality. I employ policy analysis of cre...
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Women and children subject to violence. Refugees. The incarcerated and criminalized. The homeless. Ethnic and racialized minorities. When a global pandemic hits populations that are already vulnerable, racialized, marginalized, historically subject to oppression, and underserved, the civil society organizations mandated to serve them need all their...
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In capitalist societies, workers feel, or feel obliged to feel grateful for having a job. In a world marked by global inequality, migrants from the global South to the North are expected to feel gratitude for their opportunity to move to and live in a first world country. In the case of temporary foreign workers, both these sorts of gratitude come...
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Many healthcare workers are “on the road” traveling to and from fixed sites (eg, patients’/clients’ homes). Qualitative interviews with nine Nova Scotian managers of mobile healthcare workers explored the conditions of workers’ travel. Findings highlight challenges such as changing schedules, as well as positive features including flexibility over...
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Many healthcare workers are ‘on the move’ as part of their employment, travelling often great distances to such places as patients’/clients’ homes and community clinics. Healthcare workers’ experiences of this employment-related geographic mobility have been relatively invisible even though mobility is necessary for home and community care. Intervi...
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The connection between international education and immigration has drawn the attention of scholars interested in exploring how immigrants strategically use international education as a means to facilitate their migration projects, including their successful integration in their chosen countries of migration. My article contributes to this literatur...
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Mobility and movement is an increasingly important part of work for many, however, Employment-Related Geographical Mobility (ERGM), defined as the extended movement of workers between places of permanent residence and employment, is relatively understudied among healthcare workers. It is critical to understand the policies that affect ERGM, and how...
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Objective: The study examined the relationship of occupational safety with job burnout. Design: The study used a cross-sectional survey design. Setting: The setting was Nova Scotia, Canada. Participants: Mobile health employees (N = 156) completed surveys on road safety, workload, burnout and supervisor incivility. Main outcome measure: The main ou...
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This paper presents the results of a study exploring official public health discourse surrounding obesity in Iran. Data were obtained from the Iranian Government agency website responsible for public health. Our study contributes to the knowledge about the social construction of public health issues in general, and obesity in particular, in a devel...
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This article presents a qualitative study of the experiences of a sample of Afghan refugees who have settled in Canada. Using Anthony Giddens's concepts of structure and agency, the author analyzes interview data to explore how the respondents express their agency within the structural constraints of refugee life. In light of the research findings,...
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Tracing the nexus of human rights for women and development, this article looks at women's human rights in Afghan societies, where development and aid run parallel to, if not conditional on, an imposed rights discourse. The author provides examples of how such dictated discourse becomes the subject of negotiation in the field, to the extent that wo...

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... and many other life settings. Today, gratitude is essential in supporting workplace productivity (Nourpanah, 2021) since it is considered one of the positive psychology variables at work (Mills et al., 2013). Furthermore, gratitude impacts work engagement (K. ...
... Innen samfunnsvitenskapen finnes et eget tverrfaglig forskningsfelt om mobilitet (te Brömmelstroet, Nikolaeva, Glaser, Nicolaisen, & Chan, 2017), som blant annet utforsker bilen som kontor (Laurier, 2004), bilen som et sted for følelser (Sheller, 2004), bilens rolle i hverdagslivet (Laurier et al., 2008;Maxwell, 2001;Waitt & Harada, 2016), samt bilens betydning i mobile helsetjenester (Jackson et al., 2019) og velferdstjenester (Ferguson, 2008) generelt, og i sosialt arbeid spesielt (Ferguson, 2009(Ferguson, , 2016. Ifølge Ferguson (2009) er beskrivelser av kjøring og opplevelser i bilen bemerkelsesverdig framtredende i beretninger fra sosialarbeidere gjennom flere tiår. ...
... Failure to act could literally kill us. The time of reckoning for clawing back social supports and safety nets under the name of neoliberal restructuring, at global (Shore and Wright 1997), national (Armstrong 2001), and provincial levels (Nourpanah et al. 2018), had arrived with the pandemic. ...
... Vocational education prioritizes practical learning to make it easier for graduates to get jobs [11]- [13]. Vocational education is right on target because the competencies offered are following the type of work in the job market [14]. ...
... Even during tight work schedules, the adoption of blame-free environments to share emergency issues and challenges and seek guidance, involvement of all cadres of HCWs in decision-making at the administrative level to promote a sense of togetherness and positivity and providing opportunities for review after a work shift should be considered [80]. Likewise, the set-up of a multi-disciplinary team of medical social workers, psychologists, counsellors, and occupational health and safety physicians are required to provide HCWs with professional psychosocial support during experiences of burnout [83][84][85]. ...
... Regarding my social position, as an Iranian immigrant I was aware that I was carrying a bundle of assumptions about the experiences of the nurses as they settled into their new communities, based on my own experiences. I have reflected elsewhere on the assumptions that I bring to my fieldwork (Nourpanah 2014). What caught me by surprise were the assumptions that the nurses brought to interviews. ...
... Thus, women's human rights, including those of female refugees, are mostly "invisible" on the ground, becoming the subject of negotiation and controversy and, ultimately, getting ignored and "vanishing" from the table (Nourpanah 2013). How to "inject" gender into refugee rights discourse without weakening the existing protections, depoliticizing women and reducing them to their gender (or sex) remains under debate. ...