Sisters or Strangers?: Immigrant, Ethnic, and Racialized Women in Canadian History - Second Edition

Edited by Marlene Epp and Franca Iacovetta

© 2016

Spanning more than two hundred years of history, from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first, Sisters or Strangers? explores the complex lives of immigrant, ethnic, and racialized women in Canada. Among the themes examined in this new edition are the intersection of race, crime, and justice, the creation of white settler societies, letters and oral histories, domestic labour, the body, political activism, food studies, gender and ethnic identity, and trauma, violence, and memory.

The second edition of this influential essay collection expands its chronological and conceptual scope with fifteen new essays that reflect the latest cutting-edge research in Canadian women’s history. Introductions to each thematic section include discussion questions and suggestions for further reading, making the book an even more valuable classroom resource than before.

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  • Series: Studies in Gender and History
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 624 pages
  • Illustrations: 20
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Spanning more than two hundred years of history, from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first, Sisters or Strangers? explores the complex lives of immigrant, ethnic, and racialized women in Canada.

Sisters or Strangers?: Immigrant, Ethnic, and Racialized Women in Canadian History - Second Edition

Edited by Marlene Epp and Franca Iacovetta

© 2016

Spanning more than two hundred years of history, from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first, Sisters or Strangers? explores the complex lives of immigrant, ethnic, and racialized women in Canada. Among the themes examined in this new edition are the intersection of race, crime, and justice, the creation of white settler societies, letters and oral histories, domestic labour, the body, political activism, food studies, gender and ethnic identity, and trauma, violence, and memory.

The second edition of this influential essay collection expands its chronological and conceptual scope with fifteen new essays that reflect the latest cutting-edge research in Canadian women’s history. Introductions to each thematic section include discussion questions and suggestions for further reading, making the book an even more valuable classroom resource than before.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Gender and History
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 624 pages
  • Illustrations: 20
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Epp and Iacovetta have assembled a highly original work that will introduce students to much of the exciting new scholarship in the field, while challenging them to think critically and creatively. My own students strongly responded to this collection because they could see their own lives mirrored in its pages."


    Barbara Lorenzkowski, Department of History, Concordia University
  • Author Information

    Marlene Epp is a professor in the Department of History at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo.


    Franca Iacovetta is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction
    MARLENE EPP AND FRANCA IACOVETTA

    PART ONE: Race, Crime, and Justice
    A New Biography of the African Diaspora: The Odyssey of Marie-Joseph Angélique, Black Portuguese Slave Woman in New France, 1725-1734
    AFUA COOPER
    Unpacking the Discursive Irish Women Immigrant in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-century Newfoundland
    WILLEEN KEOUGH
    The Tale of Lin Tee: Madness, Family Violence, and Lindsay’s Anti-Chinese Riot of 1919
    LISA R. MAR

    PART TWO: The Making of White Settler Societies
    Turning Strangers into Sisters? Missionaries and Colonization in Upper Canada 
    CECILIA MORGAN
    Whose Sisters and What Eyes? White Women, Race, and Immigration to British Columbia, 1849–1871
    ADELE PERRY
    Exclusion through Inclusion: Female Asian Migration in the Making of Canada as a White Settler Nation
    ENAKSHI DUA


    PART THREE: Letters and Tales of Settlement and Longing
    Letters ‘home’ from Canada: British Female Emigrants and the Imperial Family of Women
    LISA CHILTON
    The Interplay of Ethnicity and Gender: Swedish Women in Southeastern Saskatchewan 
    LESLEY ERICKSON
    From Montreal and Venice with Love: Migrant Letters and Romantic Intimacy in Italian Migration to Postwar Canada 
    SONIA CANCIAN


    PART FOUR: Labouring Domestics and Canadian Constraints
    In Search of Comfort and Independence: Irish Immigrant Domestic Servants Encounter the Courts, Jails, and Asylums in Nineteenth-Century Ontario
    LORNA R. MCLEAN AND MARILYN BARBER
    Taming and Training Greek “Peasant Girls” and the Gendered Politics of Whiteness in Postwar Canada: Canadian Bureaucrats and Immigrant Domestics, 1950s –1960s
    NOULA MINA
    I Care for You, Who Cares for Me? Transitional Services for Filipino Live-in Caregivers in Canada
    GLENDA TIBE BONIFACIO


    PART FIVE : Constructing Symbols and Bodies
    Fashioning Conflicts: Gender, Power, and Icelandic Immigrant Hair and Clothing in North America, 1874–1933 
    LAURIE K. BERTRAM
    A Larger Frame: ‘Redressing’ the Image of Doukhobor-Canadian Women in the Twentieth Century 
    ASHLEIGH ANDROSOFF
    Propaganda and Identity Construction: Media Representation in Canada of Finnish and Finnish-Canadian Women during the Winter War of 1939–1940
    VARPU LINDSTROM


    PART SIX: Activists and Political Subjects
    Canadian Citizens or Dangerous Foreign Women? Canada’s Radical Consumer Movement, 1947–1950
    JULIE GUARD
    Haitian Feminist Diasporic Lakou: Haitian Women’s Community Organizing in Montreal, 1960–1980
    GRACE L. SANDERS JOHNSON
    An Unlikely Collection of Union Militants? Portuguese Cleaning Women Become Political Subjects in Postwar Toronto
    SUSANA MIRANDA
     

    PART SEVEN: Food, Family, and Culture
    The Semiotics of Zwieback: Feast and Famine in the Narratives of Mennonite Refugee Women
    MARLENE EPP
    Jello-O Salads, One-Stop Shopping, and Maria the Homemaker: The Gender Politics of Food
    FRANCA IACOVETTA AND VALERIE J. KORINEK
    Consuming Food and Constructing Identities among Arabic and South Asian Immigrant Women 
    HELEN VALLIANATOS AND KIM RAINE


    PART EIGHT: History, Identity, and Belonging
    ‘Slotting’ Chinese Families and Refugees, 1947–1967 
    LAURA MADOKORO
    Experience and Identity: Black Immigrant Nurses to Canada, 1950–1980
    KAREN FLYNN
    The Mother of God Wears a Maple Leaf: History, Gender, and Ethnic Identity in Sacred Space 
    FRANCES SWYRIPA


    PART NINE: Trauma, Violence, and Memory
    Survival Their Survival: Women, Memory and the Holocaust
    PAULA J. DRAPER
    Days You Remember: Japanese Canadian Women and the Violations of Internment
    PAMELA SUGIMAN
    Feminist Oral History and Assessing the Dueling Narratives of Iraqi Women in Diaspora
    NADIA JONES-GAILANI

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