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Through Feminist Eyes
Essays on Canadian Women’s History
Joan Sangster  

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 5/15/2011
ISBN: 978-1-926836-18-8    

440 Pages

Distributed for Athabasca University Press


About the Book

In Through Feminist Eyes, historian Joan Sangster uses a selection of her writings, published over a period of three decades, as a gateway into reflections on the themes and theoretical concerns that have shaped both the writing of women’s history in Canada and her own evolution as a feminist historian. As in the original essays themselves, she brings to these reflections her distinctive combination of insight, honesty, and impeccable scholarship.

About the Author(s)

Joan Sangster is professor of women's studies and history at Trent University, where she also teaches at the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies. Her many publications include Transforming Labour: Women and Work in Postwar Canada and Girl Trouble: Female Delinquency in English Canada.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Reflections on Thirty Years of Women’s History 1

Discovering Women’s History 49

The 1907 Bell Telephone Strike
Organizing Women Workers 53

Looking Backwards
Re-assessing Women on the Canadian Left 81

The Communist Party and the Woman Question, 1922-1929 95

Manufacturing Consent in Peterborough 127

The Softball Solution
Female Workers, Male Managers, and the Operation of Paternalism at Westclox, 1923–1960 135

Pardon Tales’ from Magistrate’s Court
Women, Crime, and the Court in Peterborough County, 1920–1950 173

Telling Our Stories
Feminist Debates and the Use of Oral History 213

Foucault, Feminism, and Postcolonialism 2443

Girls in Conflict with the Law
Exploring the Construction of Female ‘Delinquency’ in Ontario, 1940–1960 251

Criminalizing the Colonized
Ontario Native Women Confront the Criminal Justice System, 1920–1960 293

Constructing the ‘Eskimo’ Wife
White Women’s Travel Writing, Colonialism, and the Canadian North, 1940–1960 327

Embodied Experience 3555

Words of Experience/Experiencing Words
Reading Working Women’s Letters to Canada’s Royal Commission on the Status of Women 359

Making a Fur Coat
Women, the Labouring Body, and Working-class History 391

Publications by Joan Sangster 4255
Publication Credits 429


"This is a passionate book by an author who has something to say and for whom history matters."
--June Hannam, University of the West of England

"Joan Sangster’s work has always been ground-breaking, continually providing new perspectives on issues of women, gender, class, and race in diverse settings. . . . Through Feminist Eyes makes an important theoretical contribution to the field by gathering together some of Sangster’s key essays for the first time and offering her thoughtful commentary on her own intellectual trajectory."
--Sarah Carter, University of Alberta

"Sangster raises questions about assumptions and norms that have shaped feminist historiography, making this a provocative and eloquent testimony about the importance of scrutinizing evidence and perspectives."
--Laurie Mercier, Washington State University

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Related Topics

Women's Studies

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