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Scratching the Surface
Canadian Anti-Racist Feminist Thought
Edited by Enakshi Dua, Angela Robertson
Print ISBN: 9780889612303
Scratching the Surface brings together 14 anti-racist feminists who examine ways in which race and gender interact to shape the lives of women of colour in Canada. This collection of articles covers a broad range of topics such as the impact of colonialism and its associated discourses on First Nations and other groups of colonized women; racism in the Canadian labour movement; the impact of globalization on women of colour; the ways in which the institution of the nuclear family shapes racism; sexism in communities of colour; and the ways in which the women's movement can create an anti-racist praxis. The book not only provides exciting new insights into how women of colour experience Canadian society, but also provides instructors with a textbook that integrates anti-racist and feminist approaches.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Canadian Anti-Racist Feminist Thought: Scratching the Surface of Racism
Part I: Colonialism and the Historical Construction of Gender
Chapter One: The Discourse of Empire and the Social Construction of Gender
Chapter Two: Colonialism and First Nations Women in Canada
Part II: The Post-Colonial Economy and the Consolidation of Racialized Labour Markets
Chapter Three: Black Women and Work: The Impact of Racially Constructed Gender Roles on the Sexual Division of Labour
Chapter Four: Do You Call Me "Sister"?: Women of Colour and the Canadian Labour Movement
Ronnie Joy Leah
Chapter Five: Restructuring at the Margins: Women of Colour and the Changing Economy
Part III: The Canadian State and the Institutionalization of Race and Gender Relations
Chapter Six: Self-Government and Aboriginal Women
Sharon Donna McIvor
Chapter Seven: The Politics of Multiculturalism: "Immigrant Women" and the Canadian State
Tania Das Gupta
Chapter Eight: Gender and Race in "Non-discriminatory" Immigration Policies in Canada: 1960s to the Present
Part IV: The Racialized Construction of Gender
Chapter Nine: Beyond Diversity: Exploring the Ways in Which the Discourse of Race has Shaped the Institution of the Nuclear Family
Chapter Ten: A Question of Silence: Reflections on Violence Against Women in Communities of Colour
Part V: Canadian Institutions: Reproducing Marginalization
Chapter Eleven: R.D.S. v. Her Majesty the Queen: A Case About Home
Chapter Twelve: Racism, Women's Health, and Reproductive Freedom
Carolyn Egan and Linda Gardner
Chapter Thirteen: Continuing on the Ground: Feminists of Colour Discuss Organizing