In this thoughtful and lucid analysis, framed by their contention that 'cultural production is one way in which society gives voice to racism,' Carol Tator, Frances Henry, and Winston Matthis examine how six controversial Canadian cultural events have given rise to a new 'radical' or 'critical' multiculturalism.
Mainstream culture has increasingly become the locus for challenge by racial minorities. Beginning with the Royal Ontario Museum's Into the Heart of Africa exhibition, and following through with discussions of Show Boat, Miss Saigon, the exhibition of the Barnes Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the 'Writing Thru Race' conference in Vancouver, and the ill-fated attempts to acquire a licence for a black/dance radio station in Toronto, the authors examine manifestations of racism in Canada's cultural production over the last decade. A 'radical' multiculturalism, they argue, is difference as a politicized force, and arises whenever cultural imperialism is challenged.
About the authors
Carol Tator is Course Director in the Department of Anthropology at York University.
Frances Henry is professor emerita at York University and a member of the Royal Society of Canada specializing in Caribbean studies. She is author of The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities and He Had the Power: Pa Neezer, the Orisha King of Trinidad. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Canadian Studies and Canadian Ethnic Studies.
Winston mattis is a lawyer specializing in employment law.
Other titles by Carol Tator
Other titles by Frances Henry
Carnival Is Woman
Feminism and Performance in Caribbean Mas
The Equity Myth
Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities
Racism in the Canadian University
Demanding Social Justice, Inclusion, and Equity
Racial Profiling in Canada
Challenging the Myth of 'a Few Bad Apples'
Discourses of Domination
Racial Bias in the Canadian English-Language Press
The Caribbean Diaspora in Toronto
Learning to Live with Racism