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[book cover] Through Feminist Eyes

by Joan Sangster

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May 2011

9781926836188 (Paperback)
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Canadian Studies / Gender Studies / History / History: Canada / History: Labour



About the Book

Through Feminist Eyes gathers in one volume the most incisive and insightful essays written to date by the distinguished Canadian historian Joan Sangster. To the original essays, Sangster has added reflective introductory discussions that situate her earlier work in the context of developing theory and debate. Sangster has also supplied an introduction to the collection in which she reflects on the themes and theoretical orientations that have shaped the writing of women's history over the past thirty years.

Approaching her subject matter from an array of interpretive frameworks that engage questions of gender, class, colonialism, politics, and labour, Sangster explores the lived experience of women in a variety of specific historical settings. In so doing, she sheds new light on issues that have sparked much debate among feminist historians and offers a thoughtful overview of the evolution of women's history in Canada.

About the Author

Joan Sangster is a professor of women's studies and history at Trent University, where she also teaches at the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies. Her most recent books are Girl Trouble: Female 'Delinquency' in English Canada and Transforming Labour: Women and Work in Postwar Canada.



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Reflections on Thirty Years of Women's History

DownloadDiscovering Women's History

DownloadThe 1907 Bell Telephone Strike
Organizing Women Workers

DownloadLooking Backwards
Re-assessing Women on the Canadian Left

DownloadThe Communist Party and the Woman Question, 1922–1929

DownloadManufacturing Consent in Peterborough

DownloadThe Softball Solution
Female Workers, Male Managers, and the Operation of Paternalism at Westclox, 1923–1960

DownloadPardon Tales' from Magistrate's Court
Women, Crime, and the Court in Peterborough County, 1920–1950

DownloadTelling Our Stories
Feminist Debates and the Use of Oral History

DownloadFoucault, Feminism, and Postcolonialism

DownloadGirls in Conflict with the Law
Exploring the Construction of Female 'Delinquency' in Ontario, 1940–1960

DownloadCriminalizing the Colonized
Ontario Native Women Confront the Criminal Justice System, 1920–1960

DownloadConstructing the 'Eskimo' Wife
White Women's Travel Writing, Colonialism, and the Canadian North, 1940–1960

DownloadEmbodied Experience

DownloadWords of Experience/Experiencing Words
Reading Working Women's Letters to Canada's Royal Commission on the Status of Women

DownloadMaking a Fur Coat
Women, the Labouring Body, and Working-class History

DownloadPublications by Joan Sangster

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“Sangster does an extraordinary job of situating her work within the literature of women's history and politics and engages with theoretical debates in feminist ideologies since its first emergence in academia. She goes beyond a historical examination of gender and women's history by interweaving her own experiences and challenges as a feminist academic conducting research in the field for over thirty years. This text is a vital contribution to the scholarship of Canadian women's history.”

—Marlene Mendon?a, Canadian Women's Studies, Vol. 30, Number 1