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A Space for Race

Decoding Racism, Multiculturalism, and Post-Colonialism in the Quest for Belonging in Canada and Beyond

Kathy Hogarth and Wendy L. Fletcher

Publication Date - June 2018

ISBN: 9780190858919

168 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Description

A Space for Race engages in a critical examination of some of the major discourses related to original/settler/immigrant and, particularly, racialized belonging. In the course of this examination, the book explores the various themes of racism, multiculturalism, and post-colonialism and the ongoing tensions, challenges, and inconsistencies around race relations embedded within policy and practice in Canada. It traces the history of race relations and ensuing tensions from encounter to modern day and offers a broad, yet nuanced historical sketch of Indigenous and racialized ethnic groups that make up the Canadian landscape. The text also offers rich case examples to draw the reader's attention to the lived experiences of the "Other." As a whole, it engages with history in a particular way that challenges the historical records that has informed our imaginings.

Features

  • Identifies key areas of contemporary and historical interest that address inclusion and equity in the wake of racial marginalization and oppression
  • Traces the history of race relations and ensuing tensions from encounter to modern day
  • Offers a broad, yet nuanced historical sketch of Indigenous and racialized ethnic groups that make up the Canadian landscape
  • Includes rich case examples to draw the reader's attention to the lived experiences of the "Other"
  • Contains historical narratives intended to aid in our remembering of history

About the Author(s)

Kathy Hogarth, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Renison University College, University of Waterloo. As a cultural theorist, she has been actively engaged through research, practice, and teaching in the critical examination of race relations and related discourse.

Wendy Fletcher, PhD, is Professor of Religious Studies and Social Work at Renison University College, University of Waterloo. As a historian she has explored the intersection of religion and culture in the West with particular reference to Christianity and movements for social change. Most recently, she has worked in the area of the impact of colonization on Indigenous peoples in the Americas and the history of race in Canada.

Reviews

This book joins the multidisciplinary challenge to the conventional wisdom that Canada is and has been free of racism. Authors Kathy Hogarth and Wendy Fletcher expose many of the bases for our 'social imaginary' and national identity, while presenting a case for a perspective that will recognize the realities of life for racialized minorities and lead to a better understanding of Canadian society. - James W. St.G. Walker, CM, FRSC, Professor, Department of History, University of Waterloo

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    On the Merits of Belonging and Un-Belonging
    Kathy's Story
    Wendy's Story

    Chapter 1: Race, Racism, and Antiracism in Canada
    History of Racism in Western Culture and Canadian Immigration
    Canadian Context
    New Immigrants and Refugees
    Muslim and Arab Canadians
    Anti-Racism

    Chapter 2: What's Post About Colonialism?
    Canada and Colonization in Historical Perspective
    First Nations and Colonization in Canada
    Broad Limitations of the Indian Act
    Criminalization of Indigenous Culture
    Reserve Lands: An Exercise in Containment and Control
    Education as an Assimilationist Tool
    Colonial Reproductions: The Methods of Reinvention
    Canadian Policies
    Academia and the Colonial Mission of Enlightenment
    Western Feminist Discourse as a Colonial Marker
    Conclusion

    Chapter 3: Belonging and Diaspora
    Space and Social Imaginary
    Immigration and Other Laws Defining Space by Race
    The Lens
    The Chinese Experience
    The Japanese Experience
    The Black Experience
    Challenges of Diaspora
    Shifting Notions of Diaspora
    Conclusion

    Chapter 4: Canadian Multiculturalism
    Black Canadians
    Anti-Semitism and the Story of Jewish Canada
    Racialized Anti-Semitism
    Jewish Immigration
    The Tenor of Canadian Anti-Semitism
    A History of Arabs in Canada
    Islamophobia
    Difference, Belonging, and Multiculturalism

    Chapter 5: Moving Towards Belonging
    First Nations Communities: An Exception that Proves the Rule
    Black Communities
    A History of Black Resistance
    Jewish Communities
    Chinese Communities
    Japanese Communities
    Arabs and Muslims Communities
    Expressions of Racism in a New Key

    References
    Index

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