Books

  • Muriel Duckworth

    A Very Active Pacifist

    By Marion Douglas Kerans     January 1996

    “Muriel is an extraordinary woman whose life and work has enriched many-through her faith and her practice. A feminist, a pacifist and a compassionate Canadian, her life is an example of what love and selfless intelligence can do.”-Ursula M. Franklin C.C. FRSC

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  • Outsider Blues

    A Voice from the Shadows

    By Olivia Rovinescu and Clifton Ruggles     January 1996

    “The articles that appear in this book originate in the shadows-those marginal spaces that black people have been forced to inhabit ever since the first slaves reached the shores of North America.” Ruggles tells us that “Black is more than just a racial category, it’s a way of viewing the world.” It is out of this set of eyes that Clifton Ruggles writes a column in the Montreal Gazette. This book is a collection of those columns and of Ruggles’ photographs, which visually illustrate the “Black” experience. He tells stories of Black people’s everyday lives, provides non-stereotypical role models, details their contributions to culture, politics and so on-stories which are often either ignored or underplayed. Among the photographs are two photo essays, one autobiographical and one entitled Shadowlands. The book also includes an article by Olivia Rovinescu entitled “Deconstructing Racism.”

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  • Smoke Screen

    Women’s Smoking and Social Control

    By Lorraine Greaves     January 1996

    Smoke Screen looks at the range of ways in which tobacco affects women: the evolution of cultural pressures on women’s smoking; the meanings of smoking to women; the benefits for socities of keeping women smoking; and the impact of health and tobacco policy on women’s smoking prevention and cessation.

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  • The Politics of Community Services (second edition)

    Immigrant Women, Class and the State

    By Roxana Ng     January 1996

    “Students like it a lot. It is readable, although it offers a complex argument. It is practical and speaks to experiences that many (students) have had. It offers a model of what an empirical study using social organization of knowledge looks like.”-Marie Campbell, Social Work, University of Victoria

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  • The Socialist Register 1996

    Are There Alternatives?

    Edited by Leo Panitch     January 1996

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  • Women in Trouble

    Connecting Women’s Law Violation to their Histories of Abuse

    By Elizabeth Comack     January 1996

    This book addresses one of the more alarming findings to emerge about women in prison: the fact that 80 percent report histories of physical and sexual abuse.

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  • Child and Family Policies

    Strategies, Struggles and Options

    Edited by Jane Pulkingham and Gordon Ternowetsky     December 1995

    The papers in this collection address the changing context of child and family policies which have been ushered in by the Liberal government’s Social Security Review (SSR). The contributions analyze the implications of government policy shifts showing how they are particularly devastating for children of low income, welfare, first nations and single parent families. They suggest policy options and some directions that advocacy groups might take in developing a politics of influence.

  • Thin Ice

    Money, Politics and the Demise of an NHL Franchise

    By Jim Silver     December 1995

    Thousands of Winnipegers rallied on the streets while corporate businessmen fought each other behind closed doors. Information was manipulated. Arms were twisted. Politicians capitulated. Adults wept on open-line radio shows. Children broke open their piggy banks. This was the campaign to keep the NHL’s Jets from leaving Winnipeg. The book is about hockey, but it is not about The Game. It is about the business of hockey and how changes in this business are threatening the games survival in Canada. And while the story is set in Winnipeg it is not about a single city. Given the new corporate-driven, continental business of NHL hockey, this story will almost certainly be played out in other Canadian cities.

  • A Land Without Gods

    Process Theory, Maldevelopment and the Mexican Nahuas

    By Daniel Buckles and Jacques M. Chevalier     January 1995

    In this theoretically innovative study of maldevelopment and power relations among the Nahuas of southern Veracruz, Chevalier and Buckles explore the impact of Mexico’s cattle ranching and petrochemical industries on milpa agriculture and rainforest environment. They also examine how national politics and economics affect native patterns of patrimonial culture and social organization. In the concluding chapter, an ascetic worldview illustrated through corn god mythology points to meaningful ways of countering current trends of social and ecological impoverishment.

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  • Apostles of Greed

    Capitalism and the Myth of the Individual in the Market

    By Allan Engler     January 1995

    “Provides a readable history of the eighteenth century origins of the ‘myth of the individual in the market,’ traces subsequent modifications of this idea, and details its contemporary revival…Like other religious relics, once removed from its ritual setting, the mythology of the individual in the market looks so tawdry and illogical one wonders how it became so potent.” - Libby Davis, Pacific Current

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