There are widely divergent views about racism in Canada. Some believe that racism is a fundamental feature of Canadian society and national identity. This dystopian view of Canada as a fundamentally and irrevocably racist society carries considerable currency in some academic and activist circles. Others argue that racism is oversold as a social problem: while pockets of racism do exist, Canada remains a fundamentally fair place for people of diverse backgrounds to prosper and flourish.
Vic Satzewich's short and accessible book explores how racism operates in Canadian society, past and present. Racism is a complex aspect of Canadian society; while it may not be an inherent and invariant feature of our country, it is also more prevalent than many people may realize.
The book examines a variety of issues including racism and the immigration system, racial profiling, racism and First Nations, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism. It concludes with a discussion of some of the dilemmas and challenges associated with anti-racism theory and practice.
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About the Issues in Canada Series:
Addressing the key issues that challenge Canada today, these short books are written by experts to engage readers, explore debates, and evaluate solutions.
Introduction: Racism, a contested terrain
Part I: Old Racism: Historical Dimensions
1. Racism and the Canadian Immigration System
2. Racism and First Nations
Part II: New Racisms
4. Measuring Racism: Views From the Privileged
5. Who Gets In? Debates about Racism in the Contemporary Immigration System
6. Racial Profiling: Dimensions of Black Experience
7. Why Cartoons Aren't So Funny: Islamophobia
8. Why Can't They Get Ahead? Racism and Explanations of Aboriginal Conditions
9. Deserving and Undeserving Victims: Racism and Under-Policing
10. What Is To Be Done? Dilemmas of Anti-Racism Theory and Practice
About the Author:
Vic Satzewich is Professor of Sociology at McMaster University. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Glasgow, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1988. He has published over 50 articles and chapters in books dealing with various aspects of immigration, ethnicity, Aboriginal-non-Aboriginal relations, and racism. His books include Racism and the Incorporation of Foreign Labour: Farm Labour Migration to Canada Since 1945, The Ukrainian Disapora, Transnational Identities and Practices in Canada (edited with Lloyd Wong), and Race and Ethnicity in Canada: A Critical Introduction (with Nikolaos LIodakis).