UBC Press Picks: Family Day

Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020

In February, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Ontario, and New Brunswick celebrate family day on the third Monday of the month. The same day, other provinces observe different holidays: Louis Riel day in Manitoba, Islander Day in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia Heritage Day, and Yukon Heritage Day.

UBC Press publishes several books related to families and the concept of "family" in Canada. What is family? What does research say about family in the 21st Century? This Family Day, put family first... and then read a good book.



Putting Family First
Migration and Integration in Canada

Edited by Harald Bauder

Putting Family First challenges the conventional view of settlement and integration as an individual process driven largely by the labour market, placing the family at the centre of the successful immigrant experience.


A Family Matter
Citizenship, Conjugal Relationships, and Canadian Immigration Policy

Megan Gaucher

A Family Matter investigates the implications for immigrants and refugees of the Canadian government’s definition of what constitutes “family.”


Polygamy's Rights and Wrongs
Perspectives on Harm, Family, and Law

Edited by Gillian Calder and Lori G. Beaman

Eleven diverse scholars interrogate the belief that polygamy is inherently harmful, questioning the ways in which society assigns value to family and intimacy, and its right to do so.


Transforming Law's Family
The Legal Recognition of Planned Lesbian Motherhood

Fiona Kelly

Drawing on the rarely heard voices of Canada’s lesbian mothers, Transforming Law’s Family explores the legal dimensions of planned lesbian parenthood and proposes avenues for legal change.


A Life in Balance?
Reopening the Family-Work Debate

Edited by Catherine Krull and Justyna Sempruch

This volume brings together feminist scholars from multiple disciplines to challenge the notion that work and family are two distinct areas of life in need of balance.


One of the Family
Metis Culture in Nineteenth-Century Northwestern Saskatchewan

Brenda Macdougall

In One of the Family, Brenda Macdougall draws on diverse written and oral sources and employs the concept of wahkootowin – the Cree term for a worldview that privileges family and values relatedness between all beings – to trace the emergence of a distinct Metis community at Île à la Crosse in northern Saskatchewan.


The (Un)Making of the Modern Family

Jane Brierley

The (Un)Making of the Modern Family is neither an indictment of the new family nor a rallying cry. It is a classical exercise of family sociology that draws upon a range of disciplines – history, anthropology, psychology, and demography – to provide an interpretive model for understanding contemporary changes in the family.


Domestic Reforms
Political Visions and Family Regulation in British Columbia, 1862-1940

Chris Clarkson

Domestic Reforms tells a complicated story of family and welfare law reform within the context of British Columbia's transformation from a British colonial enclave to a white settler Canadian province.


The Ermatingers
A 19th-Century Ojibwa-Canadian Family

W. Brian Stewart

An exciting story that contributes to our understanding of Indian and European biculturalism, through the story of fur trader Charles Ermatinger, his Obijwa wife, Mananowe, and their three sons.


Pro-Family Politics and Fringe Parties in Canada

Chris MacKenzie

Pro-Family Politics and Fringe Parties in Canada explores the organizational and ideological nature of political parties that are initially formed to do the work of social movements.


Families, Labour and Love
Family Diversity in a Changing World

Maureen Baker

A sociological analysis of family life in three 'settler' societies: Australia, New Zealand and Canada.


Mothers and Others
The Role of Parenthood in Politics

Edited by Melanee Thomas and Amanda Bittner

The first major comparative analysis of the role of parenthood in politics, this book raises important questions about the intersection of gender, parental status, and political life.


A World without Martha
A Memoir of Sisters, Disability, and Difference

Victoria Freeman

A World without Martha is an unflinching yet compassionate memoir of how one sister’s institutionalization for intellectual disability in the 1960s affected the other.


Caring for Children
Social Movements and Public Policy in Canada

Edited by Rachel Langford, Susan Prentice and Patrizia Albanese

Caring for Children interrogates Canadian public policies on the care of children, asking why the burden of care falls so heavily on women as mothers and caregivers, and what social movements are doing to try to redesign the politics of caring for children.


Father Involvement in Canada
Diversity, Renewal, and Transformation

Edited by Jessica Ball and Kerry Daly

Exploring the diverse roles fathers play in their children’s lives, Father Involvement in Canada provides a timely synopsis of current knowledge while challenging many long-held assumptions about fatherhood.


Pssst...! Enjoy reading about families? Our new publishing partner, Rutgers University Press, has a whole series on families!

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