Dylan Webb

Dylan is graduating with a rather unusual degree designation - a Bachelor of Arts comprised of three minors: in Labour Studies, Communication, and Political Science. The three disciplines share similar theoretical approaches; for Dylan it's important that this theory include political economy. Political economy is a theoretical framework that examines the relationship between politics and the economy, institutions and social behaviour. In Labour Studies a political economy approach helps us understand the impact of political and economic factors on working conditions and labour markets. “I wanted to know why we lived in a place where most workers can’t really find a place to live, and why people can’t afford healthy food... I have always been concerned with why it seems that everyone can’t ‘make it’ even though they’re working hard.”  

Studying systems of inequality has propelled Dylan through his degree, each discipline providing it’s own lens. Dylan says that Labour Studies has been important in providing a critical collectivist perspective, rather than viewing economic outcomes as an individual problem. A collectivist approach rejects the idea the “if you end up poor, it's because you don’t work hard. Labour Studies flips the script and takes a structuralist approach, [asking] why are people who are working hard still facing these issues?” It is a way of thinking that considers the perspective of working people, and the structural challenges to economic advancement they face.

He also enjoys the program’s attention to tangible examples of collective organizing and “concrete policy solutions” in addition to discussions of “theoretical idealism and vision for the future.”

“Labour Studies gives you research skills that could be applicable in collective bargaining or other functions of being a member of a union. So not only has it prepared me in terms of that community-oriented mindset, but it’s definitely given me skills to understand labour regulation, labour law, and employment law.”

In a special topics labour and communication class Dylan studied both the material and ideological labour conditions at Uber. His research project studied how the company’s ideological framing of drivers as entrepreneurs legitimizes less stable working conditions. “When workers think of themselves as an entrepreneur owning their own business, then the negatives of the positions tends to be attributed to the individual. ‘Oh you didn't work hard enough, you could’ve taken on that extra shift to earn enough.’ whereas when workers are thinking of themselves as workers that share in the experience with other workers, we can ask broader questions like ‘why are we all making such a low wage when uber is making so much? And we’re doing the same job that other workers are doing for higher pay.’”

Dylan is entering into a Master’s degree program with SFU’s School of Communication. His proposed topic of study is a critique of the “Canadian Dream” - “the idea that if we just work hard as individuals we can overcome structural obstacles to economic prosperity.” Dylan uses the example of “making it” in professional sports “as an escape from the mediocrity of the low paying labour market” to illustrate the individualization of labour prosperity narratives.

During his degree Dylan was also involved in the Labour Studies Student Union (LSSU), wrote for The Peak newspaper, and received several scholarships and awards. There are many scholarships and awards that limit eligibility to students taking Labour Studies courses, “so you have a pretty good chance of getting them if you do apply.”

Favourite Courses

LBST 311 - Labour and the Environment

LBST 316 - Critical and Radical Political Economy of Labour Markets

 

 

He also enjoys the program’s attention to tangible examples of collective organizing and “concrete policy solutions” in addition to discussions of “theoretical idealism and vision for the future.”

“Labour Studies gives you research skills that could be applicable in collective bargaining or other functions of being a member of a union. So not only has it prepared me in terms of that community-oriented mindset, but it’s definitely given me skills to understand labour regulation, labour law, and employment law.”

In a special topics labour and communication class Dylan studied both the material and ideological labour conditions at Uber. His research project studied how the company’s ideological framing of drivers as entrepreneurs legitimizes less stable working conditions. “When workers think of themselves as an entrepreneur owning their own business, then the negatives of the positions tends to be attributed to the individual. ‘Oh you didn't work hard enough, you could’ve taken on that extra shift to earn enough.’ whereas when workers are thinking of themselves as workers that share in the experience with other workers, we can ask broader questions like ‘why are we all making such a low wage when uber is making so much? And we’re doing the same job that other workers are doing for higher pay.’”

Dylan is entering into a Master’s degree program with SFU’s School of Communication. His proposed topic of study is a critique of the “Canadian Dream” - “the idea that if we just work hard as individuals we can overcome structural obstacles to economic prosperity.” Dylan uses the example of “making it” in professional sports “as an escape from the mediocrity of the low paying labour market” to illustrate the individualization of labour prosperity narratives.

During his degree Dylan was also involved in the Labour Studies Student Union (LSSU), wrote for The Peak newspaper, and received several scholarships and awards. There are many scholarships and awards that limit eligibility to students taking Labour Studies courses, “so you have a pretty good chance of getting them if you do apply.”

 

He also enjoys the program’s attention to tangible examples of collective organizing and “concrete policy solutions” in addition to discussions of “theoretical idealism and vision for the future.”

“Labour Studies gives you research skills that could be applicable in collective bargaining or other functions of being a member of a union. So not only has it prepared me in terms of that community-oriented mindset, but it’s definitely given me skills to understand labour regulation, labour law, and employment law.”

In a special topics labour and communication class Dylan studied both the material and ideological labour conditions at Uber. His research project studied how the company’s ideological framing of drivers as entrepreneurs legitimizes less stable working conditions. “When workers think of themselves as an entrepreneur owning their own business, then the negatives of the positions tends to be attributed to the individual. ‘Oh you didn't work hard enough, you could’ve taken on that extra shift to earn enough.’ whereas when workers are thinking of themselves as workers that share in the experience with other workers, we can ask broader questions like ‘why are we all making such a low wage when uber is making so much? And we’re doing the same job that other workers are doing for higher pay.’”

Dylan is entering into a Master’s degree program with SFU’s School of Communication. His proposed topic of study is a critique of the “Canadian Dream” - “the idea that if we just work hard as individuals we can overcome structural obstacles to economic prosperity.” Dylan uses the example of “making it” in professional sports “as an escape from the mediocrity of the low paying labour market” to illustrate the individualization of labour prosperity narratives.

During his degree Dylan was also involved in the Labour Studies Student Union (LSSU), wrote for The Peak newspaper, and received several scholarships and awards. There are many scholarships and awards that limit eligibility to students taking Labour Studies courses, “so you have a pretty good chance of getting them if you do apply.”

 

He also enjoys the program’s attention to tangible examples of collective organizing and “concrete policy solutions” in addition to discussions of “theoretical idealism and vision for the future.”

“Labour Studies gives you research skills that could be applicable in collective bargaining or other functions of being a member of a union. So not only has it prepared me in terms of that community-oriented mindset, but it’s definitely given me skills to understand labour regulation, labour law, and employment law.”

In a special topics labour and communication class Dylan studied both the material and ideological labour conditions at Uber. His research project studied how the company’s ideological framing of drivers as entrepreneurs legitimizes less stable working conditions. “When workers think of themselves as an entrepreneur owning their own business, then the negatives of the positions tends to be attributed to the individual. ‘Oh you didn't work hard enough, you could’ve taken on that extra shift to earn enough.’ whereas when workers are thinking of themselves as workers that share in the experience with other workers, we can ask broader questions like ‘why are we all making such a low wage when uber is making so much? And we’re doing the same job that other workers are doing for higher pay.’”

Dylan is entering into a Master’s degree program with SFU’s School of Communication. His proposed topic of study is a critique of the “Canadian Dream” - “the idea that if we just work hard as individuals we can overcome structural obstacles to economic prosperity.” Dylan uses the example of “making it” in professional sports “as an escape from the mediocrity of the low paying labour market” to illustrate the individualization of labour prosperity narratives.

During his degree Dylan was also involved in the Labour Studies Student Union (LSSU), wrote for The Peak newspaper, and received several scholarships and awards. There are many scholarships and awards that limit eligibility to students taking Labour Studies courses, “so you have a pretty good chance of getting them if you do apply.”

 

He also enjoys the program’s attention to tangible examples of collective organizing and “concrete policy solutions” in addition to discussions of “theoretical idealism and vision for the future.”

“Labour Studies gives you research skills that could be applicable in collective bargaining or other functions of being a member of a union. So not only has it prepared me in terms of that community-oriented mindset, but it’s definitely given me skills to understand labour regulation, labour law, and employment law.”

In a special topics labour and communication class Dylan studied both the material and ideological labour conditions at Uber. His research project studied how the company’s ideological framing of drivers as entrepreneurs legitimizes less stable working conditions. “When workers think of themselves as an entrepreneur owning their own business, then the negatives of the positions tends to be attributed to the individual. ‘Oh you didn't work hard enough, you could’ve taken on that extra shift to earn enough.’ whereas when workers are thinking of themselves as workers that share in the experience with other workers, we can ask broader questions like ‘why are we all making such a low wage when uber is making so much? And we’re doing the same job that other workers are doing for higher pay.’”

Dylan is entering into a Master’s degree program with SFU’s School of Communication. His proposed topic of study is a critique of the “Canadian Dream” - “the idea that if we just work hard as individuals we can overcome structural obstacles to economic prosperity.” Dylan uses the example of “making it” in professional sports “as an escape from the mediocrity of the low paying labour market” to illustrate the individualization of labour prosperity narratives.

During his degree Dylan was also involved in the Labour Studies Student Union (LSSU), wrote for The Peak newspaper, and received several scholarships and awards. There are many scholarships and awards that limit eligibility to students taking Labour Studies courses, “so you have a pretty good chance of getting them if you do apply.”

 

He also enjoys the program’s attention to tangible examples of collective organizing and “concrete policy solutions” in addition to discussions of “theoretical idealism and vision for the future.”

“Labour Studies gives you research skills that could be applicable in collective bargaining or other functions of being a member of a union. So not only has it prepared me in terms of that community-oriented mindset, but it’s definitely given me skills to understand labour regulation, labour law, and employment law.”

In a special topics labour and communication class Dylan studied both the material and ideological labour conditions at Uber. His research project studied how the company’s ideological framing of drivers as entrepreneurs legitimizes less stable working conditions. “When workers think of themselves as an entrepreneur owning their own business, then the negatives of the positions tends to be attributed to the individual. ‘Oh you didn't work hard enough, you could’ve taken on that extra shift to earn enough.’ whereas when workers are thinking of themselves as workers that share in the experience with other workers, we can ask broader questions like ‘why are we all making such a low wage when uber is making so much? And we’re doing the same job that other workers are doing for higher pay.’”

Dylan is entering into a Master’s degree program with SFU’s School of Communication. His proposed topic of study is a critique of the “Canadian Dream” - “the idea that if we just work hard as individuals we can overcome structural obstacles to economic prosperity.” Dylan uses the example of “making it” in professional sports “as an escape from the mediocrity of the low paying labour market” to illustrate the individualization of labour prosperity narratives.

During his degree Dylan was also involved in the Labour Studies Student Union (LSSU), wrote for The Peak newspaper, and received several scholarships and awards. There are many scholarships and awards that limit eligibility to students taking Labour Studies courses, “so you have a pretty good chance of getting them if you do apply.”

 

He also enjoys the program’s attention to tangible examples of collective organizing and “concrete policy solutions” in addition to discussions of “theoretical idealism and vision for the future.”

“Labour Studies gives you research skills that could be applicable in collective bargaining or other functions of being a member of a union. So not only has it prepared me in terms of that community-oriented mindset, but it’s definitely given me skills to understand labour regulation, labour law, and employment law.”

In a special topics labour and communication class Dylan studied both the material and ideological labour conditions at Uber. His research project studied how the company’s ideological framing of drivers as entrepreneurs legitimizes less stable working conditions. “When workers think of themselves as an entrepreneur owning their own business, then the negatives of the positions tends to be attributed to the individual. ‘Oh you didn't work hard enough, you could’ve taken on that extra shift to earn enough.’ whereas when workers are thinking of themselves as workers that share in the experience with other workers, we can ask broader questions like ‘why are we all making such a low wage when uber is making so much? And we’re doing the same job that other workers are doing for higher pay.’”

Dylan is entering into a Master’s degree program with SFU’s School of Communication. His proposed topic of study is a critique of the “Canadian Dream” - “the idea that if we just work hard as individuals we can overcome structural obstacles to economic prosperity.” Dylan uses the example of “making it” in professional sports “as an escape from the mediocrity of the low paying labour market” to illustrate the individualization of labour prosperity narratives.

During his degree Dylan was also involved in the Labour Studies Student Union (LSSU), wrote for The Peak newspaper, and received several scholarships and awards. There are many scholarships and awards that limit eligibility to students taking Labour Studies courses, “so you have a pretty good chance of getting them if you do apply.”

 

He also enjoys the program’s attention to tangible examples of collective organizing and “concrete policy solutions” in addition to discussions of “theoretical idealism and vision for the future.”

“Labour Studies gives you research skills that could be applicable in collective bargaining or other functions of being a member of a union. So not only has it prepared me in terms of that community-oriented mindset, but it’s definitely given me skills to understand labour regulation, labour law, and employment law.”

In a special topics labour and communication class Dylan studied both the material and ideological labour conditions at Uber. His research project studied how the company’s ideological framing of drivers as entrepreneurs legitimizes less stable working conditions. “When workers think of themselves as an entrepreneur owning their own business, then the negatives of the positions tends to be attributed to the individual. ‘Oh you didn't work hard enough, you could’ve taken on that extra shift to earn enough.’ whereas when workers are thinking of themselves as workers that share in the experience with other workers, we can ask broader questions like ‘why are we all making such a low wage when uber is making so much? And we’re doing the same job that other workers are doing for higher pay.’”

Dylan is entering into a Master’s degree program with SFU’s School of Communication. His proposed topic of study is a critique of the “Canadian Dream” - “the idea that if we just work hard as individuals we can overcome structural obstacles to economic prosperity.” Dylan uses the example of “making it” in professional sports “as an escape from the mediocrity of the low paying labour market” to illustrate the individualization of labour prosperity narratives.

During his degree Dylan was also involved in the Labour Studies Student Union (LSSU), wrote for The Peak newspaper, and received several scholarships and awards. There are many scholarships and awards that limit eligibility to students taking Labour Studies courses, “so you have a pretty good chance of getting them if you do apply.”

 

He also enjoys the program’s attention to tangible examples of collective organizing and “concrete policy solutions” in addition to discussions of “theoretical idealism and vision for the future.”

“Labour Studies gives you research skills that could be applicable in collective bargaining or other functions of being a member of a union. So not only has it prepared me in terms of that community-oriented mindset, but it’s definitely given me skills to understand labour regulation, labour law, and employment law.”

In a special topics labour and communication class Dylan studied both the material and ideological labour conditions at Uber. His research project studied how the company’s ideological framing of drivers as entrepreneurs legitimizes less stable working conditions. “When workers think of themselves as an entrepreneur owning their own business, then the negatives of the positions tends to be attributed to the individual. ‘Oh you didn't work hard enough, you could’ve taken on that extra shift to earn enough.’ whereas when workers are thinking of themselves as workers that share in the experience with other workers, we can ask broader questions like ‘why are we all making such a low wage when uber is making so much? And we’re doing the same job that other workers are doing for higher pay.’”

Dylan is entering into a Master’s degree program with SFU’s School of Communication. His proposed topic of study is a critique of the “Canadian Dream” - “the idea that if we just work hard as individuals we can overcome structural obstacles to economic prosperity.” Dylan uses the example of “making it” in professional sports “as an escape from the mediocrity of the low paying labour market” to illustrate the individualization of labour prosperity narratives.

During his degree Dylan was also involved in the Labour Studies Student Union (LSSU), wrote for The Peak newspaper, and received several scholarships and awards. There are many scholarships and awards that limit eligibility to students taking Labour Studies courses, “so you have a pretty good chance of getting them if you do apply.”