James P. (Jim) Mulvale

Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Sociology, Research Assistant, Interdisciplinary Health Research Group McMaster University

B.A. (Psychology), University of Western Ontario, 1971 M.S.W., Carleton University, 1975 M.A. (Sociology), University of Windsor, 1985

Professional Certification: Ontario College of Certified Social Workers (since 1990)

Professional Experience: two years of direct service and twelve years of community development in the fields of developmental disability and mental health, including five years in program management.

e-mail address: mulvaljp@mcmaster.ca

Mailing address: Dept. of Sociology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4M4

Phone no.: (905) 546 1324


  • political economy of social welfare
  • impacts of labour and other social movements on social policy and programs
  • professional self-regulation in health care


#1 "Sacred Trusts or Broken Promises? Towards Paradigmatic and Programmatic Renewal in Social Welfare" (Ph.D. Dissertation in progress)

This research is examining the responses of the labour movement, the women's movement, and social policy advocacy organizations in Canada to the neo-conservative restructuring of the welfare state since 1980. Of particular interest in this investigation is whether such progressive constituencies have begun to articulate an alternative vision of social welfare, given the success of neo-conservatism in discrediting and to some extent dismantling the Keynesian welfare state that was constructed during the long postwar boom from the mid-1940s to the early 1970s.

#2 "Complaints Against Doctors and Nurses: A Study of the Impact of Ideological and Structural Changes"

As Research Assistant on this project funded by SSHRC, I am participating in an investigation of how health care restructuring and cultural and ideological changes are affecting the likelihood and nature of complaints against doctors and nurses by patients and their families, with a focus on the present and past few years in Ontario. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Susan French, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University.


"Social Work Legislation: Questions To Ponder", _The Social Worker_ 62(1): 37-8, Spring 1994

Editor and major contributor to the _Pivot_ newsletter on mental health and social service issues, published five times a year by the Grey Bruce Community Health Corporation. 1985-1992

Editor (with four others) of manual entitled _Normalization: Parent Advocacy Training_, National Institute on Mental Retardation (now Roeher Institute), Toronto. October 1978


Numerous university courses in the areas of social psychology, social work, social welfare, labour studies, introductory psychology and sociology, deviance, and criminology.

VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT: Hamilton-Wentworth Coalition for Social Justice