Power and Resistance

Critical Thinking about Canadian Social Issues, Sixth Edition

Edited by Wayne Antony, Jessica Antony and Les Samuelson  

Paperback $60.00

How do we make sense of the social problems that continue to plague Canadian society? Our understanding of issues such as poverty, racism, violence, homophobia, crime and pollution stems from our view of how society is structured. From the dominant neoliberal perspective, social problems arise from individuals making poor choices. From a critical perspective, however, these social troubles are caused by structural social inequalities. Disparities in economic, social and political power — that is, relations of power based on class, race, gender and sexual orientation — are the central structural element of capitalist, patriarchal, colonialist societies.

The contributors to Power and Resistance use this critical perspective to explore Canadian social issues such as poverty, colonialism, homophobia, violence against women, climate change and so on. This sixth edition adds chapters on the corporatization of higher education, the lethal impacts of colonialism, democracy, the social determinants of health, drug policy and sexual violence on campus.

The perfect teaching tool to introduce students to some of the pressing challenges facing contemporary Canada and the world

— Peter Ove, Camosun College

  • Crime & Law
  • ISBN: 9781552668535
  • $60.00
  • Forthcoming April 2017
  • 416 Pages
  • For sale worldwide

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Contents

  • Social Problems and Social Power (Wayne Antony, Les Samuelson and Jessica Antony)
  • Matters of the State Still Matter (Murray Knuttila)
  • Death by Poverty: The Lethal Impacts of Colonialism (Pamela Palmater)
  • Keeping Canada White: Immigration Enforcement in Canada (Wendy Chan)
  • Crime as a Social Problem: Social Inequality and Justice (James Popham and Les Samuelson)
  • Persistent Poverty in Canada (Jim Silver)
  • Oppressing Bodies: Health, Illness and Inequality (Elizabeth McGibbon)
  • Occupy Democracy: Exploring Democracy as a Relationship (Dennis Pilon)
  • Corporatizing Public Universities: The Transformation of Higher Education in Canada (Jamie Brownlee)
  • The Politics of the Alberta Tar Sands: Public Participation, Exclusion and Legitimation (Mark Hudson)
  • Responding to Sexual Violence on Campus (Elizabeth Sheehy and Daphne Gilbert)
  • Resisting Conformity: Women Talk About Their Tattoos (Jessica Antony)
  • Hidden Rainbows in Plain Sight: Human Rights Discourse and Gender and Sexual Minority Youth (Tracey Peter and Catherine Taylor)
  • Thinking Critically about Drug Policy (Susan Boyd)
  • It Begins With Food: Food as Inspiration and Imperative for Social Change (Sally Miller)
  • Social Media and Social Justice Activism (Leslie Shade, Normand Landry and Rhon Teruelle)
  • References
  • Index

Authors

  • Wayne Antony

    Wayne Antony is a publisher at Fernwood Publishing. He is also a founding member of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Manitoba (CCPA-MB) and has been on the board of directors since its inception in 1997. Prior to becoming involved with the CCPA-MB, he worked with the Winnipeg political activist organizations, The Socialist Education Centre and Thin Ice. Wayne also taught sociology at the University of Winnipeg for eighteen years. He is co-author of three reports on the state of public services in Manitoba (for CCAP-MB) and is co-editor (with Les Samuelson) of five editions of Power and Resistance: Critical Thinking about Canadian Social Issues, co-editor (with Dave Broad) of Citizens or Consumers? Social Policy in a Market Society and Capitalism Rebooted? Work and Welfare in the New Economy (both with Dave Broad), and co-editor (with Julie Guard) Bankruptcies and Bailouts.

  • Jessica Antony

    Jessica Antony is a managing editor at Fernwood Publishing and a member of the Department of Rhetoric and Communication at the University of Winnipeg.

  • Les Samuelson

    University of Saskatchewan

    Les Samuelson teaches sociology at the University of Saskatchewan. He has an active interest in social justice initiatives, especially at the community level. His specific research interests include justice reform, especially as it pertains to Aboriginal people, and international crime, justice, and human rights.