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Painting the Maple
Essays on Race, Gender, and the Construction of Canada
Veronica Strong-Boag   Joan Anderson   Sherrill Grace   Avigail Eisenberg  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 11/20/1998
ISBN: 9780774806923    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 5/1/1999
ISBN: 9780774806930    

296 Pages


About the Book

Painting the Maple explores the critical interplay of race and gender in shaping Canadian culture, history, politics and health care. These interdisciplinary essays draw on feminist, postcolonial, and critical theory in a wide-ranging discussion that encompasses both high and popular forms of culture, the deliberation of policy and its execution, and social movements as well as individual authors and texts.

The contributors, who come from many fields, establish connections among discourses of race, gender, and nation-building that have conditioned the formation of Canada for more than one hundred years. They analyze ways in which these elements have participated in and contributed to exclusionary practices and policies, such as marginalization of women and racialized groups. Together, their essays paint a picture of a nation that privileges whiteness, masculinity, and Christianity.

This book gathers many insights on the construction of Canada, hitherto scattered in the literature. It will be of interest to feminist scholars and others concerned with issues of race and gender. At times provocative, Painting the Maple illuminates the challenges that lie ahead for all Canadians who aspire to create a better future in a reimagined nation.

About the Author(s)

Veronica Strong-Boag, Sherrill Grace, Avigail Eisenberg, and Joan Anderson are professors at the University of British Columbia in the Departments of Education and Women's Studies, English, Political Science, and Nursing, respectively.

Table of Contents

Constructing Canada: An Introduction by Sherrill Grace, Veronica Strong-Boag, Avigail Eisenberg, and Joan Anderson

Methodology on the Line: Constructing Meanings about 'Cultural Difference' by Isabel Dyck

Domination and Political Representation by Avigail Eisenberg

On the Outskirts of Empire: Race and Gender in Canadian TV News by Yasmin Jiwani

Keeping 'em Out: Gender, Race, and Class Biases in Canadian Immigration Policy by Yasmeen Abu-Laban

Documenting Racisim: Sharon Pollock's The Komagata Maru Incident by Sherrill Grace and Gabriele Helms

Re-Constructing Canadian Literature: The Role of Race and Gender by Christyl Verduyn

'In Another Place, Not Here': Dionne Brand's Politics of (Dis)Location by Peter Dickinson

'Red Girl's Reasoning': E. Pauline Johnson Constructs the New Nation by Veronica Strong-Boag

Encountering Anomalies: A Cultural Study of Chinese Migrants to Early Canada by Lisa Chalykoff

The Mountie and the Nurse: Cross-Cultural Relations North of 60 by Linda Warley

A Lesbian Politics of Erotic Decolonization by Becki Ross

Hegemonic Nationalism and the Politics of Feminism and Multiculturalism in Canada by Jo-Ann Lee and Linda Cardinal

Constructing Canada: The Gendering and Racializing of the Health Care System by Joan Anderson and Sheryl Kirkham

Building Transdisciplinary Standpoints: An Integrative Bibliography by Gabriele Helms, Matt James, and Patricia Rodney


Such a diverse range of essays is likely to be of most interest to practitioners of interdisciplinarity… Others will find the theoretical discussions of the construction of Canada as an exclusive nation, characterized by racial and gender discrimination at worst and cultural insensitivity at best, instructive for any branch of Canadian studies.
-- Judith Fingard, Atlantis

… a collaborative tour de force from a coterie of scholars at the University of British Columbia… The debates and issues raised by Painting the Maple deserve the attention of all interested Canadians and should not be restricted to academic readers alone.
- Valerie J. Korinek, The Canadian Historical Review

Sample Chapter

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Related Topics

History > Canada
Gender Studies
Women's Studies

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