Books for review

Dissonant Methods 

Undoing Discipline in the Humanities Classroom

Edited by Ada S. Jaarsma and Kit Dobson

2020 | University of Alberta Press

Dissonant Methods is an innovative collection that probes how, by approaching teaching creatively, postsecondary instructors can resist the constrictions of neoliberalism. Based on the foundations of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, whereby educators are asked to explore teaching as scholarship, these essays offer concrete and practical meditations on resistant and sustainable teaching. The contributors seek to undermine forms of oppression frequently found in higher education, and instead advance a vision of the university that upholds ideals such as critical thinking, creativity, and inclusivity. Essential reading for faculty and graduate students in the humanities, Dissonant Methods offers urgent, galvanizing ideas for anyone currently teaching in a college or university.


Minds Alive: Libraries and Archives Now

Edited by Patricia Demers and Toni Samek

2019 | University of Toronto Press

Minds Alive explores the enduring role and intrinsic value of libraries, archives, and public institutions in the digital age. Featuring international contributors, this volume delves into libraries and archives as institutions and institutional partners, the professional responsibilities of librarians and archivists, and the ways in which librarians and archivists continue to respond to the networked age, digital culture, and digitization. Read more

Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality

Celeste Watkins-Hayes

2019 | University of California Press

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In the face of life-threatening news, how does our view of life change—and what do we do it transform it? Remaking a Life uses the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a lens to understand how women generate radical improvements in their social well being in the face of social stigma and economic disadvantage. Read more

Harassed: Gender, Bodies, and Ethnographic Research

Rebecca Hanson and Patricia Richards

2019 | University of California Press

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Researchers frequently experience sexualized interactions, sexual objectification, and harassment as they conduct fieldwork. These experiences are often left out of ethnographers’ “tales from the field” and remain unaddressed within qualitative literature. Harassed argues that the androcentric, racist, and colonialist epistemological foundations of ethnographic methodology contribute to the silence surrounding sexual harassment and other forms of violence. Read more

Seeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness across the Disciplines

Edited by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Luke Charles Harris, Daniel Martinez HoSang, and George Lipsitz

2019 | University of California Press

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Every academic discipline has an origin story complicit with white supremacy. Racial hierarchy and colonialism structured the very foundations of most disciplines’ research and teaching paradigms. In the early twentieth century, the academy faced rising opposition and correction, evident in the intervention of scholars including W. E. B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Carter G. Woodson, and others. Read more

Canadian Perspectives on Community Development

Edited by Sarah Todd and Sébastien Savard

2020 | University of Ottawa Press

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Founded in a perspective that speaks to the diversity of contexts and processes used across Canada, this work is nevertheless firmly grounded in theory, offering an in-depth analysis geared toward advanced study in community practice. Read more

Environmental Activism on the Ground: Small Green and Indigenous Organizing

Edited by Jonathan Clapperton and Liza Piper

2019 | University of Calgary Press

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Environmental Activism on the Ground draws upon a wide range of interdisciplinary scholarship to examine small scale, local environmental activism, paying particular attention to Indigenous experiences. It illuminates the questions that are central to the ongoing evolution of the environmental movement while reappraising the history and character of late twentieth and early twenty-first environmentalism in Canada, the United States, and beyond. Read more

Mobilizing Global Knowledge: Refugee Research in an Age of Displacement 

Edited by Susan McGrath and Julie E. E. Young

2019 | University of Calgary Press

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In 2018, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees documented a record high 71.4 million displaced people around the world. As states struggle with the costs of providing protection to so many people and popular conceptions of refugees have become increasingly politicized and sensationalized, researchers have come together to form regional and global networks dedicated to working with displaced people to learn how to respond to their needs ethically, compassionately, and for the best interests of the global community. Read more


Settler City Limits: Indigenous Resurgence and Colonial Violence in the Urban Prairie West

Edited by Heather Dorries, Robert Henry, David Hugill, Tyler McCreary, and Julie Tomiak

2019 | University of Manitoba Press

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While cities like Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Saskatoon, Rapid City, Edmonton, Missoula, Regina, and Tulsa are places where Indigenous marginalization has been most acute, they have also long been sites of Indigenous placemaking and resistance to settler colonialism. Read more

Research and Reconciliation

Edited by Shawn Wilson, Andrea V. Breen, and Lindsay Dupré

2019 | Canadian Scholars Women's Press

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In this edited collection, leading scholars seek to disrupt Eurocentric research methods by introducing students, professors, administrators, and practitioners to frameworks of Indigenous research methods through a lens of reconciliation. Read more

A Hard Place to Call Home: A Canadian Perspective on Residential Care and Treatment for Children and Youth

Kiaras Gharabaghi

2019 | Canadian Scholars Women's Press

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In this seminal resource, Dr. Kiaras Gharabaghi identifies an underlying absence of unifying theory and practice in Canada's child and youth residential care and treatment services. By drawing on organizational examples from across Canada, Gharabaghi exposes how the historical dynamics of mediocrity and complacency have led to inadequate standards and practices within the system. Read more

Performing Turtle Island: Indigenous Theatre on the World Stage

Edited by Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber, Kathleen Irwin, and Moira J. Day

2019 | University of Regina Press

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Following the Final Report on Truth and Reconciliation, Performing Turtle Island investigates theatre as a tool for community engagement, education, and resistance. Read more


Youth, School, and Community: Participatory Institutional Ethnographies

Naomi Nichols

2019 | University of Toronto Press

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Unlike other books about youth, this book examines how young people’s experiences of inclusion and exclusion are shaped by extended social relations, coordinating thought and conduct across time and space. Working with young people, using a range of participatory institutional ethnographic strategies, this book investigates the social and institutional relations which differentially punctuate our lives. Read more



Knowing the Past, Facing the Future

Edited by Sheila Carr-Stewart

2019 | UBC Press

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In 1867, Canada’s federal government became responsible for the education of Indigenous peoples: Status Indians and some Métis would attend schools on reserves; non-Status Indians and some Métis would attend provincial schools. The system set the stage for decades of broken promises and misguided experiments that are only now being rectified in the spirit of truth and reconciliation. Read more

Planning on the Edge: Vancouver and the Challenges of Reconciliation, Social Justice, and Sustainable Development

Edited by Penny Gurstein and Tom Hutton

2019 | UBC Press

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Vancouver is one of the most intensely studied medium-sized cities in the world and heralded everywhere as a model for sustainable development. In Planning on the Edge, nationally and internationally renowned planning scholars, activists, and Indigenous leaders assess whether the city’s reputation is warranted. Read more


Villages in Cities: Community Land Ownership, Cooperative Housing, and the Milton Parc Story

Joshua Hawley and Dimitri Roussopoulos

2018 | The University of Chicago Press Books

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In Montreal in 1968, speculators announced their ‘urban renewal’ plan to demolish six blocks of the downtown heritage neighborhood of Milton Parc in order to build enormous high-rise condos, hotels, office buildings, and shopping malls. Read more

Unsettling Activisms. Critical Interventions on Aging, Gender, and Social Change

Edited by May Chazan, Melissa Baldwin, Patricia Evans

2018 | Canadian Scholars

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How and why do “ordinary” women and nonbinary people engage in various forms of social-change work at different times in their lives? What does it mean for these people to age as activists? Read more


A Violent History of Benevolence: Interlocking Oppression in the Moral Economies of Social Working
Edited By Chris Chapman, A.J. Withers
2018 | University of Toronto Press
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A Violent History of Benevolence traces how normative histories of liberalism, progress, and social work enact and obscure systemic violences. Read more

Out There Learning: Critical Reflections on Off-Campus Study Programs
Edited By Deborah Curran, Cameron Owens, Helga Thorson, Elizabeth Vibert
2018 | University of Toronto Press
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Universities across North America and beyond are experiencing growing demand for off-campus, experiential learning. Read more

Homeless Youth and the Search for Stability
By Jeff Karabanow, Sean Kidd, Tyler Frederick, Jean Hughes
2018 | Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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Youth are one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. Although there has been much research on how youth become homeless and survive on the streets, we know very little about their pathways off the street and the many challenges that are present during this process. Read more

Transforming Conversations Feminism and Education in Canada since 1970
Edited By Dawn Wallin, Janice Wallace
2018 | McGill-Queen's University Press
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What effect has feminism had on Canadian education since the 1970 Royal Commission on the Status of Women, and to what end? Transforming Conversations explores post-commission feminist thought and action in the contexts of primary, secondary, post-secondary and adult education. Read more

Small Cities, Big Issues: Reconceiving Community in a Neoliberal Era
Edited By Christopher Walmsley, Terry Kading
2018 | Athabasca University Press
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Small Canadian cities confront serious social issues as a result of the neoliberal economic restructuring practiced by both federal and provincial governments since the 1980s. Drastic spending reductions and ongoing restraint in social assistance, income supports, and the provision of affordable housing, combined with the offloading of social responsibilities onto municipalities, has contributed to the generalization of social issues once chiefly associated with Canada’s largest urban centres. Read more