Women’s Press
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher
1999 scratching the surface cvr
336 pages
6 x 9 inches
July 1999
Print ISBN: 9780889612303
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Overview

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.


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Canadian Anti-Racist Feminist Thought: Scratching the Surface of Racism
Enakshi Dua

Part I: Colonialism and the Historical Construction of Gender

Chapter One: The Discourse of Empire and the Social Construction of Gender
Linda Carty

Chapter Two: Colonialism and First Nations Women in Canada
Winona Stevenson

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
Dionne Brand

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
Christina Gabriel

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
Sedef Arat-Koc

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
Enakshi Dua

Chapter Ten: A Question of Silence: Reflections on Violence Against Women in Communities of Colour
Himani Bannerji

Part V: Canadian Institutions: Reproducing Marginalization

Chapter Eleven: R.D.S. v. Her Majesty the Queen: A Case About Home
Sherene Razack

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
Angela Robertson

Index

Enakshi Dua

Enakshi Dua is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University.

On Women Healthsharing, Scratching the Surface

Angela Robertson

Angela Robertson is the Executive Director of Sistering, a center for homeless and marginalized women in Toronto.


Reviews

"A significant and long overdue anthology, Scratching the Surface reminds us that any analysis of feminist theory must be rooted in the histories of colonialism and imperialism.

"This needed collection builds on critical anti-racism scholarship, helps theorize insurgent responses to racialized and gendered discourses of "nation" and "democratic citizenship," and addresses how women of colour negotiate their identities and politics across several historical domains."

"Scratching the Surface represents a much needed, accessible, and original contribution to Canadian feminist thought. It will certainly add to the critical literature on feminism and anti-racism."

"Scratching the Surface represents a much needed, accessible, and original contribution to Canadian feminist thought. It will certainly add to the critical literature on feminism and anti-racism."
—  Alissa Trotz, Institute of Women's Studies, Queen's University

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