Unpacking the Alberta Advantage through an Intersectional Lens: Social Class, Gender and Minority Groups in Alberta
The province of Alberta has a reputation of being a political maverick. Fighting against Ottawa for more control over its natural resources is one of its distinctive characteristics. Over the years, Alberta has created a model of prosperity based on a particular ethos and the political adage called the “Alberta Advantage,” an often-seen appellation for equality and abundance. Our research seeks to understand the extent of that so-called advantage by examining the intersection of social class, gender, race, marital status and immigrant status for two distinct periods – before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. For this, we used the 2016 Canadian census and the Alberta Viewpoint survey of 2021. By using those two datasets, we shed a light on the dynamics of inequality and rethink social class in the West.
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