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Responding to Human Trafficking: Dispossession, Colonial Violence, and Resistance among Indigenous and Racialized Women

By Julie Kaye

2017 | University of Toronto Press
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Responding to Human Trafficking is the first book to critically examine responses to the growing issue of human trafficking in Canada. Julie Kaye challenges the separation of trafficking debates into international versus domestic emphases ...

 
 
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White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race

By Gloria Wekker

2016 | Duke University Press
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In White Innocence Gloria Wekker explores a central paradox of Dutch culture: the passionate denial of racial discrimination and colonial violence coexisting alongside aggressive racism and xenophobia. Accessing a cultural ...
 
 
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Women's Realities, Women's Choices An Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

By Joan Simalchik

2017 | Oxford University Press
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This new Canadian edition takes a critical look at social and cultural definitions of gender while incorporating thoughtful discussions of women's realities within Canadian cultural contexts. Covering the most recent developments in politics, l ...
 
 
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Gender Based Violence in University Communities: Policy, Prevention and Educational Initiatives

Edited By Sundari Anitha, Ruth Lewis

2018 | Policy Press
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Until recently, higher education in the UK has largely failed to recognise gender-based violence (GBV) on campus, but following the UK government task force set up in 2015, universities are becoming more aware of the issue. And recent cases in the ...

 
 
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Uncommitted Crimes: The Defiance of the Artistic Imagination

By Tara Atluri

2018 | Inanna Publications & Education Inc.
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Theodor Adorno once remarked that, "...every work of art is an uncommitted crime." This book is a tribute to political artists who deviate from the mainstream and create art that engages with questions of societal oppression, survival, and resi ...
 
 
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Manufacturing Urgency: The Development Industry and Violence Against Women

By Corinne L Mason

2017 | University of Regina Press
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Growing Up in Armyville: Canada's Military Families during the Afghanistan Mission

By Deborah Harrison, Patrizia Albanese

2016 | Wilfred Laurier University Press
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I'm Not Myself At All: Women, Art, and Subjectivity in Canada

By Kristina Huneault

2018 | McGill-Queen's University Press
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Notions of identity have long structured women’s art. Dynamics of race, class, and gender have shaped the production of artworks and oriented their subsequent reassessments. Arguably, this is especially true of art by women, and of the socially ...
 
 
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Women in Swedish Society: The Work, Health and Life Experiences of Women in Twentieth-century Sweden

By Annika Forssen, Gunilla Carlstedt

2018 | Welsh Academic Press
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With Ash on their Faces: Yezidi Women and the Islamic State

By Cathy Otten

2018 | Between the Lines
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ISIS’s genocidal attack on the Yezidi population in northern Iraq in 2014 brought the world’s attention to the small faith that numbers less than one million worldwide. That summer ISIS massacred Yezidi men and enslaved women and children. More ...
 
 
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Beyond the Altar: Women Religious, Patriarchal Power, and the Church

By Christine L. M. Gervais

2018 | Wilfred Laurier University Press
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Beyond the Altar illustrates how women religious overcome sexist subjugation by side-stepping the patriarchal power of the Roman Catholic Church. This book counters the stereotypical image of Catholic nuns as being loyally compliant with ...

 
 
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Queer Comrades: Gay Identity and Tongzhi Activism in Postsocialist China

By Hongwei Bao

2018 | Nias Press
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This very timely, well-written and insightful exploration of gay identity and queer activism in the People’s Republic of China today is more than a study of ‘queer China’ through the lens of male homosexuality; it also examines identity, power and ...

 
 
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Bird-Bent Grass: A Memoir, in Pieces

By Kathleen Venema

2018 | Wilfred Laurier University Press
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Bird-Bent Grass chronicles an extraordinary mother–daughter relationship that spans distance, time, and, eventually, debilitating illness. Personal, familial, and political narratives unfold through the letters that Geeske Venema-de Jong ...

 
 
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Follow the Maid

By Olivia Killias

2018 | Nias Press
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This finely observed study unveils the workings of the Indonesian migration regime, one that has sent hundreds of thousands of women abroad as domestic workers each year. Drawing on extended ethnographic research since 2007, the book literally ...
 
 
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Just Watch Us: RCMP Surveillance of the Women's Liberation Movement in Cold War Canada

By Christabelle Sethna, Steve Hewitt

2018 | McGill-Queen's University Press
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From the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, in the midst of the Cold War and second-wave feminism, the RCMP security service - prompted by fears of left-wing and communist subversion - monitored and infiltrated the women’s liberation movement in Cana ...
 
 
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No Man's Land: The Life and Art of Mary Riter Hamilton

By Kathryn A Young, Sarah M McKinnon

2017 | University of Manitoba Press
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What force of will and circumstance drove a woman with a burgeoning art career following years of study in European art schools from a comfortable life to one of hardship and loneliness in the battle zones of France and Belgium following the Great ...

 
 
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Contours of the Nation: Making Obesity and Imagining Canada

By Deborah McPhail

2017 | University of Toronto Press
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The obesity epidemic that is said to plague nations around the world, including Canada, is not solely a medical condition to be managed. In Canada, the discourse on obesity emerged during a time of social upheaval in the postwar period.

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Sexual Violence At Canadian Universities: Activism, Institutional Responses, and Strategies for Change

Edited By Elizabeth Quinlan, Andrea Quinlan, Curtis Fogel, Gail Taylor

2017 | Wilfred Laurier University Press
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At least one in four women attending college or university will be sexually assaulted by the time they graduate. Beyond this staggering statistic, recent media coverage of “rape chants” at Saint Mary’s University, misogynistic Facebook posts from ...

 
 
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Obligations and Omissions: Canada's Ambiguous Actions on Gender Equality

Edited By Rebecca Tiessen, Stephen Baranyi

2017 | McGill-Queen's University Press
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On issues pertaining to women and girls, Stephen Harper’s federal government positioned Canada as a “beacon of light” in the world. Programs were developed in relation to women’s maternal health and the protection of the girl child, but other a ...
 
 
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The Making of Jane Austen

By Devoney Looser

2017 | Johns Hopkins University Press
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Just how did Jane Austen become the celebrity author and the inspiration for generations of loyal fans she is today? Devoney Looser’s The Making of Jane Austen turns to the people, performances, activism, and images that fostered Austen’s ...

 
 
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Interrogating Motherhood

By Lynda R. Ross

2016 | AU Press, Athabasca University
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It has been four decades since the publication of Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born but her analysis of maternity and the archetypal Mother remains a powerful critique, as relevant today as it was at the time of writing. It wa ...
 
 
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TransCanadian Feminist Fictions: New Cross-Border Ethics

By Libe Garcia Zarranz

2017 | McGill-Queens University Press
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In this contradictory era of uneven globalization, borders multiply yet fantasies of borderlessness prevail. Particularly since September 11th, this paradox has shaped deeply the lives of border-crossing subjects such as the queer, the refugee, ...
 
 
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A Romani Women's Anthology: Spectrum of Blue Water

Edited By Hedina Tahirovic-Sijercic, Cynthia Levine-Rasky

2017 | Inanna Publications and Education Inc.
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A Romani Women’s Anthology: Spectrum of the Blue Water is grounded upon Romani women’s lived experiences, and confers epistemic privilege on critical insights that derive from their authentic and personal knowledge. Romani women are im ...
 
 
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Writing Menopause: An Anthology of Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction

Edited By Jane Cawthorne, E. D. Morin

2017 | Inanna Publications and Education Inc.
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The Writing Menopause literary anthology is a diverse and robust collection about menopause: a highly charged and often undervalued transformation. It includes over fifty works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, inte ...
 
 
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Mobilizing Mercy: A History of the Canadian Red Cross

By Sarah Glassford

2017 | McGill-Queens University Press
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For more than a century the Canadian Red Cross Society has provided help and comfort to vulnerable people at home and abroad. In the first detailed national history of the organization, Sarah Glassford reveals how the European-born Red Cross mo ...
 
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