Racialized Migrant Women in Canada: Essays on Health, Violence and Equity

Edited by Vijay Agnew

© 2009

Despite legislative guarantees of equality, immigrant women in Canada often experience many forms of prejudice in their everyday lives. Racialized Migrant Women in Canada 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.

Using interdisciplinary approaches drawn from the areas of sociology, law, health studies, and political science, the essays in this volume cover diverse topics such as the social construction of Muslim women, access to health care, and violence against women. The contributors base their work not only in cities with large immigrant populations but also in areas less densely populated with immigrants, revealing regional disparities in regard to economic opportunity and social services.

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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.

Racialized Migrant Women in Canada: Essays on Health, Violence and Equity

Edited by Vijay Agnew

© 2009

Despite legislative guarantees of equality, immigrant women in Canada often experience many forms of prejudice in their everyday lives. Racialized Migrant Women in Canada 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.

Using interdisciplinary approaches drawn from the areas of sociology, law, health studies, and political science, the essays in this volume cover diverse topics such as the social construction of Muslim women, access to health care, and violence against women. The contributors base their work not only in cities with large immigrant populations but also in areas less densely populated with immigrants, revealing regional disparities in regard to economic opportunity and social services.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
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    Racialized Women in Canada makes a valuable contribution to interdisciplinary scholarship, and will be of interest to feminists and antiracist researchers engaged in studies of healthcare, legal and social policy, and local organizing. It documents marginalization and prejudice that result from bad public policy and provides nuanced explorations about how these inequalities can be systematically addressed.
    Sarah Rudrum, Journal of International Women's Studies, vol 11:04:10
  • Author Information

    Vijay Agnew is a professor in the Division of Social Science at York University, and was the director of the Center for Feminist Research from 2001 to 2006.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction Vijay Agnew


    Part I: Immigrant Women and Violence

    Introduction
    The Complicity of the Public State in the Intimate Abuse of Immigrant Women Janet E. Mosher
    Violence in Immigrant Familes in Halifax Barbara Cottrell, Carmen Celina Moncayo, and Evangelia Tastoglou

    Part II: Immigrant Women and Health
    Introduction
    Gender, Migration and Health Arlen Bierman, Farah Ahmad, and Farah Mawani
    Policy (In)Action: Policy-Making, Health and Migrant Women Denise L. Spitzer
    Review of Health and Policy Research on Older Immigrants Ito Peng and Margot Lettener
    Reaching Out and Scaling Up: The Dynamics and Relevance of Migrant Women's Social Capital Bilkis Vissandjé, Alisha Apale, and Saskia Wieringa

    Part III: Immigrant Women and Equity
    Introduction
    Immigrant Women and Earnings Equality in Canada Monica Boyd and Jessica Yiu
    Migrant Muslim Women's Intersts and the Case of "Shari'a" Tribunals in Ontario Annie Bunting and Shado Mokhtari
    Haitian-Canadians' Experiences of Racism in Quebec: A Postcolonial Feminist Perspective Louise Racine
    Challenging Gendered and Ethno-Racial Assumptions in Organizing for Housing Rights in Montreal Jill Hanley

    Conclusion
    List of Contributors

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