African Heritage

  • Real Nurses and Others

    Racism in Nursing

    By Tania Das Gupta     March 2009

    “Most nurses of colour experience everyday forms of racism, including being infantilized and marginalized. Most reported being “put down,” insulted or degraded because of race/ethnicity/colour. A significant proportion of nurses, non-white and white, report having witnessed an incident where a nurse was treated differently because of his/her race/ethnicity/colour.”

    These are only some of the conclusions that author Tania Das Gupta arrived at as a result of her survey of 593 Ontario Nursing Association members. Within the framework of the political economy of health care and drawing from the findings of her research, the author develops an intersectional theoretical framework that helps us understand how racism happens and provides a base from which nurses and other workers can fight racial harassment. This book shows how systemic racism persists in the workplace. It shows how fear, lack of support, management collaboration, co-worker harassment and ineffective institutional responses make it difficult for victims of racism to fight back.

  • You Must be a Basketball Player

    Rethinking Integration in the University

    By Anthony Stewart     March 2009

    “Courageous and peerless, accessible and engaging, Stewart’s critique of the unseemly whiteness of the academy is a tour de force. His account of white academic privilege, homogeneity, cowardice, and hypocrisy with respect to matters of race and integration proceeds with keen insight and telling intellectual rigor. His analysis of white academia’s ‘theoretical’ evisceration of race and its practical and discursive actualities is nothing short of brilliant. The indictment of the monolithic and self-satisfied white demographic of academic departments of history, English, and philosophy (“the big three”) is wonderfully timely. Any scholar - especially any un-self-conscious white or black scholar - who fails to read Stewart’s work loses. This critique is a triumph of public sphere activism … straight out of Canada!” – Dr. Houston A. Baker, Jr., Distinguished University Professor, Department of English, Vanderbilt University. Author of Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era

  • The Power to Criminalize

    Violence, Inequality and Law

    By Gillian Balfour and Elizabeth Comack     January 2004

    Law’s power to criminalize–to turn a person into a criminal–is formidable. Traditional legal doctrine argues that law dispenses justice in an impartial and unbiased fashion. Critical legal theorists claim that law reproduces gender, race and class inequalities. The Power to Criminalize offers an analysis that acknowledges the tensions between these two views of law. Drawing from crown attorneys’ files on violent crime cases and interviews with defence lawyers, the authors reveal the complex ways in which discourses of masculinity, femininity, race, class and social space inform the strategies used to litigate these cases. This analysis raises questions about the prospects of challenging law to realize a more just society.