Black Canadians : history, experiences, social conditions /
Joseph Mensah.
Second edition.
Black Point, Nova Scotia ; Winnipeg, Manitoba : Fernwood Publishing, c2010.
x, 293 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
1552663450 (pbk.), 9781552663455 (pbk.)
More Details
Black Point, Nova Scotia ; Winnipeg, Manitoba : Fernwood Publishing, c2010.
1552663450 (pbk.)
9781552663455 (pbk.)
contents note
The Black presence in Canada : a multicultural perspective -- Conceptual background -- The history of Blacks in Canada -- The geography of Blacks in Canada : immigration and spatial distribution -- Profiles of selected Black groups in Canada -- Blacks and the Canadian labour market -- Blacks in Canadian sport : issues, controversies and paradigm shifts -- Official multiculturalism and Blacks -- Employment equity and Blacks in Canada.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Joseph Mensah is Associate Professor of Geography and International Development Studies at York University in Toronto.
Full Text Reviews
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
Bowker Data Service Summary
'Black Canadians' provides an authoritative reference for teachers, students & the general public who seek to know more about the black diaspora in North America. Arguments made in this book may be unpleasant for those with little appetite for pointed, provocative views & analysis from the standpoint of black people.
Main Description
For researchers seeking detailed information about the black diaspora in North America, this authoritative reference provides 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 contentious ethno-racial problems in Canada, this critique addresses housing, the labor market, sports management, and race and ethnic relations. This new edition expands the regional coverage of black history, updates all the statistics with the 2006 census data, and adds important new material on multiculturalism and employment equity.
Main Description
Racial equality cannot be achieved, argues Mensah, as long as historical and contemporary inequalities remain obscured. Using a multidisciplinary perspective-drawn from sociology, geography, economics, political economy, cultural studies and philosophy-this book examines the history, experiences and social conditions of Black Canadians and reveals the persistence of structural racism in many spheres of life, particularly in employment housing , education, and sports. This book is an authoritative reference for teachers, students and others who wish to know more about the Black diaspora in Canada. It ventures beyond established orthodoxies and simplistic solutions and offers a pointed and provocative analysis from the standpoint of Black people.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
The Black Presence in Canada: A Multidisciplinary Perspectivep. 1
Objective of the Bookp. 5
Empirical and Theoretical Considerationsp. 6
Organization of the Bookp. 9
Notesp. 11
Conceptual Backgroundp. 13
ôRaceö and Related Conceptsp. 13
ôEthnicityö and Related Conceptsp. 19
The Concepts of ôBlackö and ôVisible Minorityöp. 22
The Origins of Racial Antagonismp. 25
Racial Antagonism and Capitalism: The Enduring Debatep. 27
Racial Doctrinesp. 30
Racism, Slavery, Colonialism, and Christianity: The Quadruple Webp. 33
Canada and the Black Societies of Africa and the Caribbeanp. 39
Conclusionp. 41
Notesp. 43
The History of Blacks in Canadap. 45
Slavery and the Early Settlement of Blacks in Canadap. 46
Settlement in Atlantic and Central Canadap. 46
Settlement in Western Canadap. 53
Conclusionp. 56
Notesp. 57
The Geography of Blacks in Canada: Immigration and Spatial Distributionp. 59
Theories of International Migrationp. 61
International Refugee Movementsp. 64
Black Immigration to Canada: Underlying Factorsp. 67
Blacks and Canada's Immigration Policyp. 69
The Spatial Distribution of Blacksp. 78
...across Canadian Provinces and Territoriesp. 80
...across Major Canadian Citiesp. 82
Entanglements of Race, Space, and Classp. 90
Conclusionp. 92
Notesp. 92
Profiles of Selected Black Groups in Canadap. 95
Blacks in Contemporary Nova Scotiap. 95
Black Immigrant Groups in Canadap. 100
Leading Sources of Caribbean Immigrantsp. 100
Jamaican Immigrants in Canadap. 104
Haitian Immigrants in Canadap. 111
Leading Sources of African Immigrants in Canadap. 118
Ghanaian Immigrants in Canadap. 122
Somali Immigrants in Canadap. 129
Conclusionp. 136
Notesp. 138
Blacks and the Canadian Labour Marketp. 139
The Human Capital Theoryp. 140
The Marxist Perspectivep. 141
Labour Market Segmentation Theoriesp. 145
The Vertical Mosaic Thesisp. 146
Labour Market Characteristics of Blacks in Canadap. 150
Black Women and the Canadian Labour Marketp. 159
The Plight of Blacks in the Canadian Labour Marketp. 163
Conclusionp. 182
Notesp. 183
Blacks in Canadian Sport: Issues, Controversies, and Paradigm Shiftsp. 185
Blacks' Historical Involvement in Canadian Sportp. 185
Stacking and Other Racial Manoeuvres in Sportp. 191
The Canadian Athlete Assistance Program (AAP)p. 194
Are Blacks Naturally Superior in Sport?p. 196
Conclusionp. 207
Notesp. 209
Official Multiculturalism and Blacksp. 211
Multiculturalism in Canadap. 212
Arguments For and Against Official Multiculturalismp. 216
The Case for Multiculturalism from the Perspectives of Blacksp. 234
Notesp. 237
Employment Equity and Blacks in Canadap. 240
Origins and Provisionsp. 240
Underlying Assumptions and Conceptsp. 242
Claims and Counter-claimsp. 245
Conclusionp. 258
Notesp. 262
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 288
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