Title

Living on the border: A participatory film discussing the implications of limitless global trade on the health of local communities.

Date of Award

2005

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Communication Studies

Keywords

Mass Communications.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

This documentary is an exploration of the destructive impact of corporate globalization as witnessed in the heart of the North American continent; it focuses on the Windsor and Sarnia regions, on the Canadian side of the border. The cities have very similar border related issues where ageing and highly polluting industrial infrastructure and endless commercial border crossings are the most invasive and noticeable concerns plaguing the community. Living on the border, we see the dichotomy of freedom afforded to goods and trade in contrast to the heavily polluted environment which has virtually imprisoned the people in these communities. Free-market trade pacts have opened the borders for trade and commerce without accounting for the negative impact on the environment or the health and well being of community members. This film explores the links as contradictions between the limitless commercial trade crossing the border, the industries which create the consumer goods and how these are linked to the overall health of the community.* *This dissertation is a compound document (contains both a paper copy and a DVD as part of the dissertation). The DVD requires the following system requirements: Windows MediaPlayer or RealPlayer. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2005 .B47. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-03, page: 1081. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2005.