Books for review

A Violent History of Benevolence: Interlocking Oppression in the Moral Economies of Social Working
Edited By Chris Chapman, A.J. Withers
2018 | University of Toronto Press
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A Violent History of Benevolence traces how normative histories of liberalism, progress, and social work enact and obscure systemic violences. Read more

Out There Learning: Critical Reflections on Off-Campus Study Programs
Edited By Deborah Curran, Cameron Owens, Helga Thorson, Elizabeth Vibert
2018 | University of Toronto Press
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Universities across North America and beyond are experiencing growing demand for off-campus, experiential learning. Read more

Homeless Youth and the Search for Stability
By Jeff Karabanow, Sean Kidd, Tyler Frederick, Jean Hughes
2018 | Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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Youth are one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. Although there has been much research on how youth become homeless and survive on the streets, we know very little about their pathways off the street and the many challenges that are present during this process. Read more

Transforming Conversations Feminism and Education in Canada since 1970
Edited By Dawn Wallin, Janice Wallace
2018 | McGill-Queen's University Press
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What effect has feminism had on Canadian education since the 1970 Royal Commission on the Status of Women, and to what end? Transforming Conversations explores post-commission feminist thought and action in the contexts of primary, secondary, post-secondary and adult education. Read more

Small Cities, Big Issues: Reconceiving Community in a Neoliberal Era
Edited By Christopher Walmsley, Terry Kading
2018 | Athabasca University Press
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Small Canadian cities confront serious social issues as a result of the neoliberal economic restructuring practiced by both federal and provincial governments since the 1980s. Drastic spending reductions and ongoing restraint in social assistance, income supports, and the provision of affordable housing, combined with the offloading of social responsibilities onto municipalities, has contributed to the generalization of social issues once chiefly associated with Canada’s largest urban centres. Read more

An Ethnohistorian in Rupert’s Land: Unfinished Conversations
By Jennifer S. H. Brown
2017 | Athabasca University Press
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In 1670, the ancient homeland of the Cree and Ojibwe people of Hudson Bay became known to the English entrepreneurs of the Hudson’s Bay Company as Rupert’s Land, after the founder and absentee landlord, Prince Rupert. Read more

Animal Metropolis: Histories of Human-Animal Relations in Urban Canada
Edited By Joanna Dean, Darcy Ingram, Christabelle Sethna
2017 | University of Calgary Press
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Animal Metropolis brings a Canadian perspective to the growing field of animal history, ranging across species and cities, from the beavers who engineered Stanley Park to the carthorses who shaped the city of Montreal. Some essays consider animals as spectacle: orca captivity in Vancouver, polar bear tourism in Churchill, Manitoba, fish on display in the Dominion Fisheries Museum, and the racialized memory of Jumbo the elephant in St. Thomas, Ontario. Read more

Christian Monks on Chinese Soil A History of Monastic Missions to China
By Matteo Nicolini-Zani
2017 |
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The contribution of monks to the evangelization of lands not yet reached by the preaching of the Gospel has certainly been remarkable. The specific witness that the monastic community gives is of a radical Christian life naturally radiating outward, and thus it is implicitly missionary. Read more