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Diaspora, Memory and Identity
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 308

Diaspora, Memory and Identity

Memories establish a connection between a collective and individual past, between origins, heritage, and history. Those who have left their places of birth to make homes elsewhere are familiar with the question, "Where do you come from?" and respond in innumerable well-rehearsed ways. Diasporas construct racialized, sexualized, gendered, and oppositional subjectivities and shape the cosmopolitan intellectual commitment of scholars. The diasporic individual often has a double consciousness, a privileged knowledge and perspective that is consonant with postmodernity and globalization. The essays in this volume reflect on the movements of people and cultures in the present day, when physical, s...

Where I Come From
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 305

Where I Come From

“Where do you come from?” When Vijay Agnew first immigrated to Canada people would often ask her “Where do you come from?” She thought it a simple, straightforward question, and would answer in the same simple, straightforward manner, by telling them where she had been born and where she grew up. But over the years she learned that many so-called third-world people resent being asked this question, because it implies that having a different skin colour (which is what usually prompts the question) makes a person an outsider and not really Canadian. This realization inspired her to look more closely at the question — and the answer. The result is this book. Where I Come From is a ref...

Interrogating Race and Racism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 417

Interrogating Race and Racism

Agnew delves into the public and private spheres of several distinct communities in order to expose the underlying inequalities within Canada's economic, social, legal, and political systems that frequently result in the denial of basic rights to migrant women.

In Search of a Safe Place
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 305

In Search of a Safe Place

Marginalized in the larger society and the mainstream women's movement, immigrant women are also outsiders in women's shelters, where racially sensitive and linguistically appropriate counselling is generally unavailable. In this book, Vijay Agnew documents the struggles of Canadian women's centres to provide better services to victims of wife abuse from Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. The study looks at every aspect of community-based women's organizations, including their funding, operation, and services. The result is a detailed picture of the problems and challenges they encounter on a daily basis. Agnew uses case studies, reports, and interviews to document the work of these groups and to show how race, class, and gender intersect in the everyday lives of the women who depend on them. Although the women's movement initiated public discussion of wife abuse, the fight against abuse is now conducted primarily by the state through its allocation of resources. Agnew underscores the tension that often arises between the patriarchal state and feminist-inspired organizations, and the resulting difficulties in bringing about social change.

Elite Women in the Indian Nationalist Movement, 1919-1947
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 582

Elite Women in the Indian Nationalist Movement, 1919-1947

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  • Published: 1976
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  • Publisher: c1976.

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Racialized Migrant Women in Canada
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 329

Racialized Migrant Women in Canada

Agnew delves into the public and private spheres of several distinct communities in order to expose the underlying inequalities within Canada's economic, social, legal, and political systems that frequently result in the denial of basic rights to migrant women.

Resisting discrimination
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 292

Resisting discrimination

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Oral History Off the Record
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 301

Oral History Off the Record

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-09-11
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  • Publisher: Springer

Because oral history interviews are personal interactions between human beings, they rarely conform to a methodological ideal. These reflections from oral historians provide honest and rigorous analyses of actual oral history practice that address the complexities of a human-centered methodology.

Transnational Feminism and Global Advocacy in South Asia
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 135

Transnational Feminism and Global Advocacy in South Asia

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-09-13
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  • Publisher: Routledge

Transnational feminism has been critical to feminist theorizing in the global North over the last few decades. Perhaps due to its broad terminology, transnational feminism can become vague and dislocated, losing its ability to name specific critiques of and responses to empire, race, and globalization that are emboldened by its transnational remit. This volume encompasses an expansive engagement and exploration of transnational South Asian feminist movements, networks, and critiques within the context of the popular and the diaspora in South Asia. The contributing authors address key issues in a global context, especially as they operate both in a situated and the diasporic imaginary of Sout...