Racism, Eh?
A Critical Inter-disciplinary Anthology of Race and Racism in Canada

Camille A. Nelson, Charmaine A. Nelson   (Eds.)

Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-55322-061-9 (2004)
482 pages, 860 g, 7 X 10, $54.50 (US$43.50)

Ideal for courses in Racial and Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity, and Multiculturalism in departments of Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Political Science, Law, Education, Visual Culture and Art History.

Racism, Eh? is the first publication that examines racism within the broad Canadian context. This anthology brings together some of the visionaries who are seeking to illuminate the topics of race and racism in Canada through the analysis of historical and contemporary issues, which address race and racism as both material and psychic phenomena. Fundamentally interdisciplinary in nature, this text will be an invaluable resource for undergraduate and graduate students, academics studying or practicing within the Humanities and the Social Sciences, and anyone seeking information on what has been a little explored and poorly understood Canadian issue.

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Foreword by Joan Acland

Part 1 Institutional Racism
1 Penn and Teller Magic
2 Lance Belanger's Tango Lessons
3 The Black Occupational Structure in Late-Nineteenth-Century Ontario
Questions for Discussion   

Part 2 Crime and Justice
4 Raising Raced and Erased Executions in African-Canadian Literature
5 Examining Racism and Criminal Justice
6 Criminological Research on "Race" in Canada
Questions for Discussion   

Part 3 First Nations - Of Land, Law and Power
7 Across a Boundary of Lava
8 Treaty Federalism
9 Navigating Discrimination
Questions for Discussion   

Part 4 Race, Place and Nation
10 Adrift in the Diaspora
11 Racism Between Jews
12 Local Colour
Questions for Discussion

Part 5 Complexity of Intersectionallity and Performance of Racial Identity
13 Speak White!
14 Jack Canuck Meets John Chinaman
15 Performing Desire
Questions for Discussion

Part 6 Popular Culture
16 Race In/Out of the Classroom
17 Other Canadian Voices
18 (Re)Visioning Histories
Questions for Discussion

Part 7 Production and Representation
19 Each Sentence Realized or Dreamed Jumps Like a Pulse with History and Takes a Side
20 Articulating Spaces of Representation
21 The "Hottentot Venus" in Canada
22 Racial Recognition Underpinning Critical Art
Questions for Discussion

Part 8 Multiculturalism
23 But Where Are You REALLY From?
24 Social Cohesion and the Limits of Multiculturalism in Canada
25 Racialising Culture/Culturalising Race
26 Re-articulating Multiculturalism
Questions for Discussion

Biographies of Contributors

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Camille A. Nelson is a J.S.D. (doctoral) candidate at the Columbia University School of Law. She joined the Saint Louis University, School of Law faculty in the summer of 2000. Prior to joining the faculty of St. Louis University she was an Associate in Law at Columbia University School of Law teaching Legal Research and Writing and completing her Masters of Law. Prior to her time at Columbia University she was a litigation associate with McCarthy Tétrault Barristers and Solicitors in Toronto. Following law school she was head clerk to Canadian Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci. Professor Nelson teaches criminal law, contracts law, critical race theory and legal profession. She lectures on issues of race, culture and the African Diaspora. She has written about the culture of elite firm practice, racism in the legal profession, the relevance of racial context to the Provocation defense, racism-related mental health issues, and Caribbean immigration, and she is concerned with the relevance of race to traditional legal doctrine. She is a member of the American Association of Law and Society, the Society of American Law Teachers, the American Bar Association, the Mound City Bar Association and the Foster Parents Plan of Canada.

Charmaine A. Nelson taught in the areas of Critical Theory, Post-Colonial Studies, Canadian Art, and Nineteenth-Century American and European Art as an assistant professor of Art History at the University of Western Ontario. She conceptualized critical and socially engaged courses that utilized local African-Canadian and First Nations cultural sites and histories. Her museum career is highlighted by the exhibition Through An-Other's Eyes: White Canadian Artists - Black Female Subjects (1998). Her publications include "White Marble, Black Bodies and the Fear of the Invisible Negro: Signifying Blackness in Mid-Nineteenth-century Neoclassical Sculpture" in RACAR: Revue d'Art Canadienne/Canadian Art Review, (September 28, 2003) and the forthcoming "Edmonia Lewis' 'Death of Cleopatra': White Bodies, Black Fantasies and Racial Crisis in America" in Janice Helland and Deborah Cherry (Eds.), Studio Space and Sociality: New Narratives of Nineteenth-century Women (Aldershot, U.K: Ashgate, 2004). In 2003 she began her appointment in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University, Montreal, Québec.