Canadian Foreign Aid and the Helping Imperative: A Delinked Cosmopolitan Perspective

by Calla Barnett

Institution: University of Ottawa
Year: 2016
Keywords: post-development; decolonial; delinked cosmopolitanism; discourse analysis; legitimation; helping imperative
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2079253
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/35094


This thesis examines the role of the helping imperative in Canadian foreign aid discourse. After weaving together post-development and decolonial theory and applying these theories to cosmopolitanism, I propose a reconstructed cosmopolitan theory - delinked cosmopolitanism - as a theoretical orientation for this analysis. In applying the discourse legitimation framework as an analytical tool, I conclude that the current discursive orientations of the Government of Canada are focused on helping while believing that Western ways of being, knowing and doing are the only way to live in the world. I then suggest possible applications of delinked cosmopolitanism and discourse analysis for future research, both in Canada and abroad, in order to support a possible shift in thinking and an improved ability to work across difference.