Wendy Chan

imon Fraser University

Wendy Chan is a professor of Sociology at Simon Fraser University.

  • Hiding in Plain Sight

    Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence

    By Wendy Chan     Forthcoming April 2020

    Based on interviews with service providers from the immigration, criminal justice and family justice systems in four different communities in BC, Hiding in Plain Sight examines the barriers encountered by abused immigrant women across Canada as they seek services and support, and identifies the key challenges for abused immigrant women accessing services as well as the struggles service organizations experience in meeting their needs.

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  • Criminalizing Race, Criminalizing Poverty

    Welfare Fraud Enforcement in Canada

    By Wendy Chan and Kiran Mirchandani     January 2007

    The criminalization and penalization of poverty through increased surveillance and control of welfare recipients in recent years has led many poverty advocates to claim that “a war against the poor” is currently in progress. The authors argue that people of colour are most often the casualties in the governments’ desire to roll back the welfare state. Relying on myths and stereotypes about racial difference, the enforcement and policing of welfare fraud policies constructs people of colour as potential “cheaters” and “abusers” of the system. This has allowed for the stigmatizing and discriminatory treatment of people of colour to persist unchallenged within the welfare system.

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