This collection adds to our understanding and critical engagement of how gendered and racially minoritized bodies can and do negotiate their identities and politics across several historical domains and contemporary spheres. The contributors explore the relational aspects of difference and the implications for re-conceptualizing anti-racism discourse and practice. The strength of this book lies in its centring the experience of racial minority women (and other racialized bodies) in a variety of social sites, thereby seeking to incite the reader to broaden the examination of social spaces through the lens of an anti-racist feminist scholarship and practice.
Introduction: Race, Gender and Anti-Racism Studies (Agnes Calliste and George J. Sefa Dei)
1. An Historical Overview of the Application of the Race Concept in Social Practice (Maria Castagna and George Sefa Dei)
2. Your Place or Mine?: Transnational Feminist Collaboration (Sherene Razack)
3. ”The Hindu Woman’s Question”: Canadian Nation Building and the Social Construction of Gender for South Asian-Canadian Women (Enakshi Dua)
4. The Case of Emilie Quimet: News Discourse on Hijab and the Construction of Québecois National Identity (Helle-Mai Lenk)
5. Challenges Confronting African Immigrant Women in the Canadian Work Force (Patience Elabor-Idemudia)
6. Toward Anti-Racism in Social Work in the Canadian Context (Usha George)
7. ”Making” White Women through the Privatization of Education on Health and Well-Being in the Context of Psychotherapy (Kerstin Roger)
8. Nurses and Porters: Racism, Sexism and Resistance in Segmented Labour Markets (Agnes Calliste)
9. Anti-Racist Feminism: A Conclusion to a Beginning
About the Editors:
Born in Asokore-Koforidua, in the Eastern Region of Ghana, George Sefa Dei did undergraduate education at the University of Ghana, and postgraduate studies at McMaster University and the University of Toronto, Canada. Currently, George is Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Between 1996 and 2000 he served as the first Director of the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies at OISE/UT.
Professor Dei’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of anti-racism, minority schooling, international development and anti-colonial thought. His professional and academic work has led to many conference and workshop invitations in Canada, U.S., Europe and Africa. He has also appeared on many radio and television shows speaking about my academic and research work.
Professor Dei has received several awards for his work, including the African-Canadian Outstanding Achievement in Education; the Community Builder Award. Continuing Education Department of the Toronto Catholic District School Board; and, the Race, Gender, and Class Project Academic Award (at the Annual Race, Gender, and Class Conference, New Orleans). He is the author, co-author, and editor of several books on anti-racism and education, including Anti-Racism Education: Theory and Practice; Hardships and Survival in Rural West Africa; Reconstructing ‘Drop-Out’: A Critical Ethnography of the Dynamics of Black Students’ Disengagement from School and Indigenous Knowledge in Global Contexts.