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Black Canadians [electronic resource] : history, experiences, social conditions /
Joseph Mensah.
imprint
Halifax, N.S. : Fernwood Pub., c2002.
description
292 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1552660907
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Book
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imprint
Halifax, N.S. : Fernwood Pub., c2002.
isbn
1552660907
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
10495714
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-287) and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-10-01:
Mensah (York Univ., Toronto) explores the history, geography, experiences, and social conditions of Canada's diverse black population. This is a very ambitious book on a number of levels. First, it explores the roots of the systemic racism faced by black Canadians and includes discussions of concepts like ethnicity, race, and racism and the roles that colonial discourse and capitalism have played in their development. Second, Mensah attempts to situate the social, economic, cultural, and political realities of black Canadians into the broad contours of Canadian society generally. For example, the discussion of Canadian multiculturalism delves into the broad implications of bilingual policy, symbolic ethnicity, and Canadian unity for Canada's black population and other visible minorities. Third, Mensah is candid concerning his views of the current state of systemic structures of inequality in a Canadian context. While he admits progress has been made, he contends that much remains to be done. This book is intended for a wide audience. Indeed, Mensah himself suggests that it will be suitable for students, teachers, and anyone interested in "the Black Diaspora in North America." ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels and libraries. M. Ripmeester Brock University
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"The work is a remarkable piece of scholarship. It combines theoretical sophistication and empirical rigor, is focused, powerfully enlightening, and manifests a clarity of exposition that is refreshing and commendable. The book constitutes a learning/educational toolkit of exceptional value." G. L. Watson, University of Prince Edward Island
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Main Description
The ongoing struggle against racism and discrimination for black Canadians is explored in this authoritative reference for those seeking to learn more about the black diaspora in North America. This work examines more than 300 years of black Canadian history, from the first migration of slaves, black loyalists, and Civil War refugees to the expansive movement brought about by the establishment of the point system in 1967. Venturing beyond established orthodoxies and simplistic solutions to discuss the contentious ethno-racial problems in Canada, this pointed critique addresses the geography of the settlements and the labor market, sports management, race and ethnic relations, and employment equity vis-agrave;-vis the black experience.
Main Description
The ongoing struggle against racism and discrimination for black Canadians is explored in this authoritative reference for those seeking to learn more about the black diaspora in North America. This work examines more than 300 years of black Canadian history, from the first migration of slaves, black loyalists, and Civil War refugees to the expansive movement brought about by the establishment of the point system in 1967. Venturing beyond established orthodoxies and simplistic solutions to discuss the contentious ethno-racial problems in Canada, this pointed critique addresses the geography of the settlements and the labor market, sports management, race and ethnic relations, and employment equity vis-a-vis the black experience.

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