Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Faculty of Law

First Advisor

Smyth, Gemma


community-led advocacy, feminist standpoint theories, knowledge/power nexus, progressive lawyering, systemic change, Windsor



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This thesis explores the roles lawyers might play to support community-led advocacy work towards systemic change from the standpoint of community advocates with lived experience of poverty. Using feminist standpoint theories and Foucault’s knowledge/power nexus to analyze findings from group meetings and in-depth interviews conducted with Voices Against Poverty, a grassroots advocacy group in Windsor, Ontario, this thesis looks at how we might reimagine how lawyers support their communities and mitigate the effects of their power by transforming their relationships. This thesis provides one example of how beginning from the standpoint of communities can help us to better understand the ways lawyers can engage with grassroots advocacy groups in a way that resists, rather than reinforces, power hierarchies.

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