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New Volume of the CJWL out: White Settler Colonialism and Indigeneity in the Canadian Context: A Tribute to Patricia Monture

Volume 26 now out (here on UTP site)

White Settler Colonialism and Indigeneity in the Canadian Context: A Tribute to Patricia Monture/ Colonialisme de peuplement blanc et indigénéité en contexte canadien : Un Hommage á Patricia Monture 

articles aren’t avail on Hein Online or Project Muse yet. [Update, Audrey Greenwood of UTPress advises these pieces should be available at Project Muse on May 2]  U of T Press will sell you a 1 year online subscription for $27 (here)

Contents

Editorial: “Equality Is Not a High Standard” Patricia Monture: 1958–2010  Author Sherene Razack

Race Matters: Sexism, Indigenous Sovereignty, and McIvor  Author Martin J. Cannon

“It Happened More Than Once”: Freezing Deaths in Saskatchewan  Author Sherene Razack

Legal Feminism and the Post-Racism Fantasy  Author Rakhi Ruparelia

Taking “Culture” out of Multiculturalism   Author Vrinda Narain

Book Reviews:

  1. Cheryl Suzack, Shari M. Huhndorf, Jeanne Perreault, and Jean Barman, eds, Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, and Culture, reviewed by Robyn Bourgeois
  2. Jodi A Byrd, The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism, reviewed by Élise Couture-Grondin
  3. Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G González, and Angela P Harris, eds, Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, reviewed by Sonia Lawrence
  4. Hilal Elver, The Headscarf Controversy: Secularism and Freedom of Religion, reviewed by Vrinda Narain

Critical Race Feminism goes to War: The States of Race (Sherene Razack, Malinda Smith, Sunera Thobani, eds.

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I’ve just finished reading this.   I enjoyed it, although that’s a strange reaction to assert in context of this book.  What I enjoyed was not the bad news that the authors offer (things haven’t changed that much, and the big change – 9/11 – wasn’t particularly positive), but the incisive arguments made by the contributors.  Click the book cover for the book’s amazon.ca page.

You may have seen the current Time Magazine cover story on the women of Afghanistan (August 9, 2010.  The cover reads “What happens if we leave Afghanistan”, and the cover picture is of a woman whose face was mutilated by Taliban troops after she tried to leave the home of her in-laws).  The articles and photo essay concentrate on the position of Afghan women as the US considers “exit strategies”.  The Afghan state may be forced to reconcile with the Taliban if foreign troops leave.   Reading Time after reading Yasmin Jiwani (media representations) and Sunera Thobani (feminist positions on the war) affected my thinking about the “point” of the Time article profoundly.

Time says:

We do not run this story or show this image either in support of the U.S. war effort or in opposition to it. We do it to illuminate what is actually happening on the ground. As lawmakers and citizens begin to sort through the information about the war and make up their minds, our job is to provide context and perspective on one of the most difficult foreign policy issues of our time. What you see in these pictures and our story is…. a combination of emotional truth and insight into the way life is lived in that difficult land and the consequences of the important decisions that lie ahead.

There are other interesting pieces in The States of Race.  I’m writing a review for the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, and haven’t finished it yet.  But I’m ready to recommend the book!