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Race and Racialization

Essential Readings

edited by Tania Das Gupta, Carl E. James, Roger C.A. Maaka, Grace-Edward Galabuzi & Chris Andersen

Canadian Scholars' Press Inc.
Initial publish date
Dec 2007
General, Discrimination & Race Relations
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This provocative volume will influence the way people think of race and racialization. It provides a thorough examination of these complex and intriguing subjects with historical, comparative, and international contributions.
Edited as a theoretically strong, cohesive whole, this book unites a remarkable ensemble of academic thinkers and writers from a diversity of backgrounds. Themes of ethnocentrism, cultural genocide, conquest and colonization, disease and pandemics, slavery, and the social construction of racism run throughout.

About the authors

Lead editor Tania Das Gupta is an established Canadian scholar and Professor of Sociology in the Department of Equity Studies in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University. Her research interests are in race, migration, diaspora as well as women and work.

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Carl E. James is a professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. He is author of several books, including Seeing Ourselves: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Culture, and co-editor, with A. Shadd, of Talking about Difference: Encounters in Culture, Language, and Identities.

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Roger C.A. Maaka is a Professor of Maori and Indigenous Studies at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Formerly the Head of Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, he is a Maori expert and scholar. Dr. Maaka’s research interests include Indigenous peoples' quest for equity.

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Grace-Edward Galabuzi is Assistant Professor at Ryerson University in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, and a Research Associate at the Centre for Social Justice in Toronto.

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Chris Andersen is associate professor, associate dean (research), and the current director of the Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research in the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta. He is also the current editor of aboriginal policy studies, an online, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing on Métis, non-Status Indian, and urban Aboriginal issues in Canada and abroad. He is co-editor of Indigenous in the City: Contemporary Identities and Cultural Innovation (UBC Press, 2013).

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Editorial Reviews

"This reader's uniting of anthropological roots of racial thinking to colonialism, prejudice, and institutional racism will appeal to many. This book will prove to be a convenient and useful teaching aid."— “Sean Hier, University of Victoria

"Before the publication of this book, there was no focused text on racism that challenged the established orthodoxy of the liberal multiculturalist agenda of assimilation and cultural genocide of Indigenous peoples."— “Gerald Taiaiake Alfred, Indigenous Peoples Research Chair, University of Victoria

"An outstanding collection of readings. Excellent introduction linking colonialism to concepts of race and prejudice. This establishes issues of race from the beginning as rooted in relations of power. Selected readings on the aboriginal, African, and Latino experiences provide detailed discussion of colonial and economic roots of racialized experiences. Strong critical readings cover issues of multiculturalism, popular culture, justice, politics, and diasporic communities."— “Sylvia Hale, Chair, Department of Sociology, St. Thomas University

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