Compelled to Act

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Histories of Women’s Activism in Western Canada

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Edited by Sarah Carter and Nanci Langford.

Compelled to Act showcases fresh historical perspectives on the diversity of women’s contributions to social and political change in prairie Canada in the twentieth century, including but looking beyond the era of suffrage activism. In our current time of revitalized activism against racism, colonialism, violence, and misogyny, this volume reminds us of the myriad ways women have challenged and confronted injustices and inequalities.

The women and their activities shared in Compelled to Act are diverse in time, place, and purpose, but there are some common threads. In their attempts to correct wrongs, achieve just solutions, and create change, women experienced multiple sites of resistance, both formal and informal. The acts of speaking out, of organizing, of picketing and protesting were characterized as unnatural for women, as violations of gender and societal norms, and as dangerous to the state and to family stability.

Still as these accounts demonstrate, prairie women felt compelled to respond to women’s needs, to challenges to family security, both health and economic, and to the need for community. They reacted with the resources at hand, and beyond, to support effective action, joining the ranks of women all over the world seeking political and social agency to create a society more responsive to the needs of women and their children.

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Publisher: University of Manitoba Press
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Joyful Militancy

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Building Thriving Resistance in Toxic Times

by Nick Montgomery

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By Carla Bergman and Nick Montgomery.

Why do radical movements and spaces sometimes feel laden with fear, anxiety, suspicion, self-righteousness, and competition? Montgomery and Bergman call this phenomenon rigid radicalism: congealed and toxic ways of relating that have seeped into social movements, posing as the “correct” way of being radical. In conversation with organizers and intellectuals from a wide variety of political currents, the authors explore how rigid radicalism smuggles itself into radical spaces, and how it is being undone

Interviewees include Silvia Federici, adrienne maree brown, Marina Sitrin, Gustavo Esteva, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Walidah Imarisha, Margaret Killjoy, Glen Coulthard, Richard Day, and more.

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Publisher: AK Press
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About the Author

Nick Montgomery is an Academic Coordinator in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies.


Land, Food, Freedom

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Struggles for the Gendered Commons in Kenya, 1870 to 2007

by Leigh Brownhill

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In 1922 Muthoni Nyanjiru used the curse of nakedness to damn Europeans who enslaved African girls to pick coffee. In the 1950s thousands of Kenyan women never surrendered in the Mau Mau war to expel the British. In 1992 old women on hunger strike threw off their clothes to protest dictatorship. In using oral histories to tell the stories of fifteen uprisings across the long 20th century, Land, Food, Freedom reveals the unity of Kenyan women and men in the defense of the gendered commons.

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Publisher: Africa World Press
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About the Author

Leigh Brownhill is a course tutor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies.


Maria Campbell

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Essays on Her Works

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Edited by Jolene Armstrong

This essay collection gathers together writings on the works of Maria Campbell, feminist, activist, visionary, artist, mother, grandmother, and Métis elder. The book talks truthfully of Maria's journey as a writer, how her writing was infected with her experiences with marginalization and discrimination. And how she emerged on the other side having affirmed her identity.

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Publisher: Guernica Editions
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Religious Activism in the Global Economy

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Promoting, Reforming, or Resisting Neoliberal Globalization?

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Edited by Sabine Dreher and Peter J. Smith

Protests of neoliberal globalization have proliferated in recent years, not least in response to the financial crisis, austerity and increasing inequality. But how do religious groups organize themselves in response to these issues?

This book systematically studies the relationship of religious activism towards neoliberal globalization. It considers how religious organizations often play a central role in the resistance against global capitalism, endeavouring to offer alternatives and developments for reform. But it also examines the other side of the coin, showing how many religious groups help to diffuse neoliberal values, promote and reinforce practices of capitalism. Drawing on a unique set of case studies from around the world, the chapters examine a range of groups and their practices in order to provide a thorough examination of the relationship between religion and the global political economy.

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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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