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Price: $16.95

Paperback 152 pp.
5" x 8"



Publication date:
March 2011

Imprint: OUP Canada

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Racism in Canada

Vic Satzewich

Series : Issues in Canada

There are widely divergent views about racism in Canada. Some believe that racism is a fundamental feature of Canadian society and national identity. This dystopian view of Canada as a fundamentally and irrevocably racist society carries considerable currency in some academic and activist circles. Others argue that racism is oversold as a social problem: while pockets of racism do exist, Canada remains a fundamentally fair place for people of diverse backgrounds to prosper and flourish.

Vic Satzewich's short and accessible book explores how racism operates in Canadian society, past and present. Racism is a complex aspect of Canadian society; while it may not be an inherent and invariant feature of our country, it is also more prevalent than many people may realize.

The book examines a variety of issues including racism and the immigration system, racial profiling, racism and First Nations and Islamophobia. It concludes with a discussion of some of the dilemmas and challenges associated with anti-racism theory and practice.

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Readership : This short, accessible title will appeal to students in sociology courses on racism and multiculturalism in Canada, in addition to policy-makers at the municipal and national levels. The book will also appeal to the general reader who is interested in this important issue that faces Canadian society.

1. Defining and Measuring Racism
2. Explaining Racism
3. Immigration Policy
4. Racism and Aboriginal Peoples
5. Policing
6. Islamophobia: A New Racism?
7. Solutions for Change
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Vic Satzewich is Professor of Sociology at McMaster University. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Glasgow, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1988. He has published over 50 articles and chapters in books dealing with various aspects of immigration, ethnicity, Aboriginal-non-Aboriginal relations, and racism. His books include Racism and the Incorporation of Foreign Labour: Farm Labour Migration to Canada Since 1945, The Ukrainian Disapora, Transnational Identities and Practices in Canada (edited with Lloyd Wong), and Race and Ethnicity in Canada: A Critical Introduction (with Nikolaos LIodakis).

Child Poverty in Canada - Patrizia Albanese
Crime in Canada - Diane Crocker
Substance Abuse in Canada - Marilyn Herie and Wayne Skinner
Race and Ethnicity in Canada - Vic Satzewich and Nick Liodakis
The Politics of Race in Canada - Maria Wallis and Augie Fleras
Climate Change in Canada - Rodney White

Special Features

  • A concise introduction based on Canadian data that is both up to date and in-depth, presented in a competitively priced and engagingly written format.
  • Author is a respected authority who has published successfully in both the trade and academic markets.
  • Takes a modern approach to the age-old problem of racism, considering issues of particular interest to new Canadians.