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Rethinking Canada is a collection of essays on the diverse lives, struggles, and contributions of women in Canadian history. Now in its sixth edition, this trusted text includes articles spanning from the 1600s to the present day. Eighteen new essays offer increased coverage of indigenous,immigrant, and racialized experiences; work and labour; sexuality and the body; religion and spirituality; politics; and shifts in regional analysis. Recent scholarship and fresh editorial commentaries combine to create an invaluable introduction not only to Canadian women's history, but also to thestudy of Canadian history as a whole.
Mona Gleason is associate professor in educational studies at the University of British Columbia, where she teaches courses on the history of children and youth and the history of education. An active member of both the Ontario Women's History Network and the Canadian Committee on Women's History, she has also published a monograph entitled Normalizing the Ideal: Psychology, Schooling, and the Family in Postwar Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999).
Adele Perry is associate professor of history at the University of Manitoba. She is also the Canada Research Chair in Western Canadian Social History, and frequently teaches courses on gender history in Canada and Aboriginal rights. Her research interests include colonialism, transnationalism, migration, gender, and sexuality.
Tamara Myers is associate professor of history at the University of British Columbia. In addition to teaching women's history at UBC, she is actively researching in French-Canadian women's history and childhood history. Selected publications include Caught: Montreal's Modern Girls and the Law,1869-1945 (2006), and Negotiating Identities in 19th- and 20th-Century Montreal (edited with Bettina Bradbury, 2005).
Table of Contents
Dedication Acknowledgements Permissions Introduction 1. 'They Are the Life of the Nation': Women and War in Traditional Nadouek Society Kathryn Magee 2. 'Nagging Wife' Revisited: Women and the Fur Trade in New France Jan Noel (University of Toronto) 3. Gender, Family, and Mutual Assistance in New France: Widows, Widowers, and Orphans in Eighteenth-Century Quebec Josette Brun (Universite Laval) 4. The 'Old Hag' Revisits St Brigid: Irish Newfoundland Women and Spirituality on the Southern Avalon Willeen Keough (Simon Fraser University) 5. Acts of Resistance: Black Men and Women Engage Slavery in Upper Canada, 1793-1803 Afua Cooper (Simon Fraser University) 6. Bonds of Friendship, Kinship, and Community: Gender, Homelessness, and Mutual Aid in Early Nineteenth-Century Montreal Mary Anne Poutanen (McGill University) 7. The Women's Lodge: Constructing Gender on the Nineteenth-Century Pacific Northwest Plateau Mary C. Wright 8. Women at the Hustings: Gender, Citizenship, and the Montreal By-Elections of 1832 Bettina Bradbury (York University) 9. Sewing for a Living: The Commodification of Metis Women's Artistic Production Sherry Farell Racette (University of Regina) 10. 'A Fragment of Heaven on Earth'? Religion, Gender, and Family in Turn-of-the-Century Canadian Church Periodicals Lynne Marks (University of Victoria) 11. Exclusion through Inclusion: Female Asian Migration in the Making of Canada as a White Settler Nation Enakshi Dua (York University) 12. Divided by the Ballot Box: The Montreal Council of Women and the 1917 Election Tarah Brookfield (Sir Wilfrid Laurier University) 13. Sexual Assault and Disability: Saskatchewan, 1942 Constance Backhouse (University of Ottawa) 14. Front Lines and Frontiers: War and Legitimate Work for Nurses, 1939-1945 Cynthia Toman (University of Ottawa) 15. Passing Time, Moving Memories: Interpreting Wartime Narratives of Japanese Canadian Women Pamela Sugiman (Ryerson University) 16. Balancing Equality for the Post-War Woman: Demobilizing Canada's Women Workers after World War II Jennifer A. Stephen (York University) 17. Recipes for Democracy? Gender, Family, and Making Female Citizens in Cold War Canada Franca Iacovetta (University of Toronto) 18. Rethinking Class in Lesbian Bar Culture: Living 'The Gay Life' in Toronto, 1955-1965 Elise Chenier (Simon Fraser University) 19. Women's Liberation and the [Quebec] 'Nation', 1969-1975 Sean Mills (McGill University) 20. Spectacular Striptease: Performing the Sexual and Racial Other in Vancouver, BC, 1945-1975 Becki L. Ross (University of British Columbia) and Kim Greenwell (University of British Columbia) 21. Women's Class Strategies as Activism in Native Community Building in Toronto, 1950-1975 Heather Howard 22. The Evolution of the Birth Control Handbook: From Student Peer-Education Manual to Feminist Self-Empowerment, 1968-1975 Christabelle Sethna (University of Ottawa) 23. Whose Social Reproduction? Transnational Motherhood and Challenges to Feminist Political Economy Sedef Arat-Koc (Ryerson University) 24. Gender, Sovereignty, and the Discourse of Rights in Native Women's Activism Joanne Barker Contributors Index