Worth Fighting For
Canada’s Tradition of War Resistance from 1812 to the War on Terror

Edited by Lara Campbell, Michael Dawson and Catherine Gidney

Historians, veterans, museums, and public education campaigns have all documented and commemorated the experience of Canadians in times of war. But Canada also has a long, rich, and important historical tradition of resistance to both war and militarization. This collection brings together the work of sixteen scholars on the history of war resistance. Together they explore resistance to specific wars (including the South African War, the First and Second World Wars, and Vietnam), the ideology and nature of resistance (national, ethical, political, spiritual), and organized activism against militarization (such as cadet training, the Cold War, and nuclear arms).

As the federal government continues to support the commemoration and celebration of Canada’s participation in past wars, this collection offers a timely response that explores the complexity of Canada’s position in times of war and the role of social movements in challenging the militarization of Canadian society.

Introduction to Gender 
Social Science Perspectives

2nd Edition

Jennifer Marchbank, Simon Fraser University
Canada and Gayle Letherby

Thoroughly updated in this second edition, Introduction to Gender offers
an interdisciplinary approach to the main themes and debates in gender studies. This comprehensive and contemporary text explores the idea of gender from the perspectives of history, sociology, social policy,
anthropology, psychology, politics, pedagogy and geography and considers issues such as health and illness, work, family, crime and violence, and
culture and media. Throughout the text, studies on masculinity are
highlighted alongside essential feminist work, producing an integrated
investigation of the field.

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Gender History
Canadian Perspectives

Willeen Keough and Lara Campbell

Combining primary and secondary sources with original discussions, Gender History examines the full range of gender experiences - past and present - beyond typical conceptions of masculinity and femininity. Addressing both the chronology and crucial themes of gender in Canada, this combination text/reader is an essential resource for understanding the evolution of the Canadian gender system.

Readership : Gender History: Canadian Perspectives is a core text for gender history courses, which are generally offered through history departments at Canadian universities in third or fourth year.

Oxford University Press

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Debating Dissent: Canada and the Sixties

Lara A. Campbell, Dominique Clement, Gregory S. Kealey

Although the 1960s are overwhelmingly associated with student radicalism and the New Left, most Canadians witnessed the decade’s political, economic, and cultural turmoil from a different perspective. Debating Dissent dispels the myths and stereotypes associated with the 1960s by examining what this era’s transformations meant to diverse groups of Canadians – and not only protestors, youth, or the white middle-class.

With critical contributions from new and senior scholars, Debating Dissent integrates traditional conceptions of the 1960s as a ‘time apart’ within the broader framework of the ‘long-sixties’ and post-1945 Canada, and places Canada within a local, national, an international context. Cutting-edge essays in social, intellectual, and political history reflect a range of historical interpretation and explore such diverse topics as narcotics, the environment, education, workers, Aboriginal and Black activism, nationalism, Quebec, women, and bilingualism. Touching on the decade’s biggest issues, from changing cultural norms to the role of the state, Debating Dissent critically examines ideas of generational change and the sixties.

University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (October 9, 2012)

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Racialization, Marginalization and Deregulated Work

Habiba Zaman is a Professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University.

Canada is experiencing a major demographic shift, with two-thirds of the population in major cities predicted to belong to racialized groups, particularly Asian newcomers, by 2031. But how are these immigrants faring in this new Canada? Employing the International Labour Organization’s concept of “basic security” and the voices of immigrants themselves, Asian Immigrants in “Two Canadas” demonstrates that their security — such as work, job, employment, and voice and representation — has been compromised in multi-dimensional ways. Changes to immigration policy and the neoliberal restructuring of the Employment Standards Act in British Columbia have led to further marginalization within the labour market and the creation of deregulated and hazardous workplaces — resulting in the emergence of “two Canadas” within the Canadian welfare state. Representing a diverse group of immigrants, this book demonstrates a shared experience of precariousness and insecurity — an experience that has led to a broad- based alliance of Asian immigrant workers aimed at addressing workplace security and rights.

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Farewell My Concubine: A Queen Film Classic

Helen Hok-Sze Leung

Farewell My Concubine, one of three new QUEER FILM CLASSICS this fall, is a thought-provoking consideration of Chen Kaige's acclaimed 1992 Chinese film set in the mid-20th century abouttwo male Peking opera stars and the woman who comes between them, set against the political turmoil of a China in transition. The film's treatment of gender performance and homosexuality was a first in Chinese cinema, and the subject of much controversy there. The movie, which helped to bring contemporary Chinese films onto the world stage, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival (the first Chinese film to do so), and was nominated for a Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar.

This book, one of two new QFCs to focus on Asian queer cinema, places the film in its historical and cultural context while drawing on fresh insights from recent works on transgender and queer studies to provide readers with an intimate, provocative, and original look at the film.

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Get that Freak - Homophobia and Transphobia in High Schools

Brian Burtch, Rebecca Haskell

Bullying in schools has garnered significant attention recently, but despite this, little has been said about the occurrence of homophobic and transphobic bullying in Canadian high schools. Get That Freak fills that gap by exploring the experiences of bullying among youth who identify or are identified as queer. Through interviews with recent high school graduates in British Columbia, Haskell and Burtch share stories of physical, verbal and emotional harassment, and offer important insights into the negative outcomes that result from the experience of being bullied. Challenging the familiar image of these youth as helpless victims, this book also recognizes positive outcomes: moments of resistance, friendship and inner strength. Finally, the authors make recommendations for challenging homophobic and transphobic bullying in high schools and supporting students who experience this form of harassment.

Fernwood Publishing

Brian Burtch is an Associate Faculty Member with the Department of Sexuality, and Women's Studies and a Professor in the School of Criminology, and adjunct faculty in University of Regina's Department of Justice Studies.

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Lara Campbell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University.

High unemployment rates, humiliating relief policy, and the spectre of eviction characterized the experiences of many Ontario families in the Great Depression. Respectable Citizens is an examination of the material difficulties and survival strategies of families facing poverty and unemployment, and an analysis of how collective action and protest redefined the meanings of welfare and citizenship in the 1930s.

Lara Campbell draws on diverse sources including newspapers, family and juvenile court records, premiers' papers, memoirs, and oral histories to uncover the ways in which the material workings of the family and the discursive category of "respectable" citizenship were invested with gendered obligations and Anglo-British identity. Respectable Citizens demonstrates how women and men represented themselves as entitled to make specific claims on the state, shedding new light on the cooperative and conflictiong relationships between men and women, parents and children, and citizen and state in 1930s Canada.

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Ozlem Sensoy is an Associate Faculty Member with the Department of Sexuality, and Women's Studies and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Sensoy is the co-author of Muslim Voices in School, published by SensePublishers.

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Jennifer Spear is an Associate Faculty Member with the Department of Sexuality, and Women's Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of History. Her research interests are early North American history; gender and sexuality; comparative colonization, slavery, and race.

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Cindy Patton, is an Associate Faculty Member with the Department of Sexuality, and Women's Studies and Professor, received her Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1992. Dr. Patton joined the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies in May of 2003 as Canada Research Chair in Community, Culture, and Health. Dr. Patton has worked in health research for two decades. She has published work in the areas of: social study of medicine (especially AIDS); social movement theory; gender studies; and media studies. Her current research interests include: social study of medicine health, especially social aspects of AIDS and wilderness medicine; continental theory; and research design, especially mixed methods.

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Helen Hok-Sze Leung is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University.

Undercurrents engages the critical rubric of “queer” to examine Hong Kong's screen and media culture during the transitional and immediate postcolonial period. Helen Hok-Sze Leung draws on theoretical insights from a range of disciplines to reveal parallels between the crisis and uncertainty of the territory’s postcolonial transition and the queer aspects of its cultural productions.

Leung explores Hong Kong cultural productions—cinema, fiction, popular music and subcultural projects—and argues that while there is no overt consolidation of gay and lesbian identities in Hong Kong culture, undercurrents of diverse and complex expressions of gender and sexual variance are widely in evidence.

Undercurrents uncovers a queer media culture that has been largely overlooked by critics in the West, and demonstrates the cultural vitality of Hong Kong amidst political transition. It will appeal to scholars and general readers interested in Asian studies, film and cultural studies, and sexuality and gender studies.

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Marjorie Griffin Cohen is a Professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University.

Containing essays from leading feminist academics, and social activists, Public Policy for Women addresses important public policy issues that fail to address women’s needs. The volume’s contributors pay particular attention to the relationship between the welfare state and vulnerable populations of women, while making substantial contributions to current public policy debates in Canada.

Focusing on discussions of controversial issues such as single working mothers, prostitution, mandatory retirement, guaranteed income, and work for welfare, these essays also consider the political and economic constraints that have been brought about by neo-liberal policy changes. Full of relevant policy critiques and original recommendations for improvement, Public Policy for Women readdresses often neglected subjects and concerns and makes informative appeals for public policy to address women’s needs.

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Habiba Zaman is a Professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University.

In the latter half of the twentieth century, as immigrant-receiving countries such as Canada began competing to recruit the "most desirable" candidates, immigrants became commodified, their labor bought and sold for the benefit of national and global markets. By providing empirical as well as historical evidence, Habiba Zaman undertakes a rigorous analysis of immigrant women's commodification and the possibility of their decommodification in Canada. In order to present a comprehensive picture of commodification, this book uses empirical as well as historical evidence to explore the relationship between transnational migration and globalization, a relationship that sets the trajectory for immigrant women's commodification. Breaking the Iron Wall looks at the detailed lived experiences of immigrant women, expertly revealing the intersections of race, gender, and class and exposing the forces and processes of commodification in public and private spheres.

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