Women & Environments International Magazine

Biannual Canadian journal examing women in their natural and social environments from a feminist viewpoint.

Articles from No. 68/69, Fall

An Introduction to Women's Studies: Gender in a Transnational World
AN INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES: GENDER IN A TRANSNATIONAL WORLD By Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan: New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002. CAD 73.95 paper (ISBN: 007109389X), 576 pages.I received lnderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan's reader, Introduction to...
Announcements
Recent Resources about Gender and SustainabilityOne Planet, Many People: Atlas of Our Changing EnvironmentIn celebration of World Environment Day on June 3, 2005, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in cooperation with NASA, United States...
Beyond Transnationality
Building Community and Possibilities for Urban HybriditiesCities are vibrant eclectic places. All sorts of people are drawn to cities for equally diverse reasons. Some would say that globalization is characterized by the lightning speed at which international...
Bits of Barbados
Barbados, the 'Gem of the Caribbean', is a tropical paradise that promises sunshine, beautiful beaches, a game of polo or golf all in a relaxed atmosphere...Or at least that's what the advertisements say. But Barbados is selling much more than its beaches;...
Canadian Nationalism and the Making of a Global Apartheid
Thinking Like a StateFar from being obsolete, national states remain very powerful governing bodies. In particular, the regulation of national borders through state controls on citizenship and immigration profoundly shape people's sense of space and...
Constructing Global and National Nature Population
Immigration and the Green-washing of Racism and MisogynyDiscourses of over-population and 'out of control' immigration have emerged as environmentalism's ugly underbelly. Apocalyptic and dystopian green narratives of over-population and limits on the...
Dark Threats and White Knights: The Somalia Affair, Peacekeeping, and the New Imperialism
DARK THREATS AND WHITE KNIGHTS: THE SOMALIA AFFAIR, PEACEKEEPING, AND THE NEW IMPERIALISM By Sherene H. Razack. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004. CAD 50.00 cloth (ISBN 0-8020-8708-6), CAD 24.95 paper (ISBN 0-8020-8663-2], 236 pages.The image...
El Contrato
EL CONTRATOMin Sook Lee (Director). Karen King-Chigbo (Producer). Montreal, QC: National Film Board of Canada, 2003. 50 min., VHS or DVD, CAD 49.95One spring while I was waiting in the arrivals area at Pearson Airport in Toronto, I found myself suddenly...
Feminisms, Transnationality and the Nation
A Word From This Issue's EditorsHow can we make feminist sense of the world today, especially when the world seems endlessly complicated? As transnational corporations continue to exert a powerful force in the current global order, the nation-form appears...
Global Lockdown: Race, Gender, and the Prison-Industrial Complex
GLOBAL LOCKDOWN: RACE, GENDER, AND THE PRISON-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX Edited by Julia Sudbury. New York: Routledge, 2004. CAD 35.95 paper (ISBN 0-415-95057-0), 352 pages. www.routLedge.comAn impressive volume of twenty articles, Global Lockdown calls for...
Harvesting Seeds of Justice
The Plight of Migrant Farm Workers in OntarioSince 1966, Canada has managed an explicitly racialized and gendered guest worker program. The Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) has structured a controlled and subservient labour force to sustain...
Immigration Status as a Gender Issue in the Toronto Don't Ask Don't Tell Campaign
In 1998 a young woman's refugee claim failed and lawyers advised her that she and her son should stay under the radar. In her own words:Going out was a no-no for fear of something going wrong and the police getting involved. My son had to be transferred...
Indigeneity and Transnationality?
An Interview with Bonita LawrenceBonita Lawrence is a professor at the School of Social Sciences, Atkinson, at York University in Toronto. She is the author of 'Real'Indians and Others: Mixed Blood Urban Native Peoples and Indigenous Nationhood. She...
Local I under Global Eye
An Assessment of Women's Participation in the Mozambican Democratic ProcessHistorical BackgroundMozambique, because of its history, has been much influenced by international events and conditions. The colonial process in Mozambique imported the administrative...
Seeing through the Eyes of Black Women
Afro-Colombian Women's Activism in the Pacific LowlandsFrom the window of the office of CoopMujeres, a women's cooperative in the southwest Pacific town of Guapi, Colombia, I had a clear view of the river that gave the town its name. In the middle of...
Small Island
SMALL ISLAND By Andrea Levy: London: Headline, 2004. CAD 14.95 paper (ISBN: 0-7553-0750-X), 533 pages.Approximately one year ago, a group of book lovers and foodies got together to form a book club/supper group. Meeting regularly to enjoy delicious meals,...
The Fluid Border
Children Crossing Borders in the AmericasAfter losing his mother on the perilous journey from Cuba to the United States in November 1999, Elian Gonzalez became a symbol of Cuban-U.S. relations, parental rights, nationality and nation, and immigrant children...
The Take
THE TAKEAvi Lewis (Director). Silva Basmajian, Katie McKenna, Avi Lewis, Naomi Klein (Producers). National Film Board of Canada, 2004. 87 min., VHS or DVD, CAD 38.95The Take is a creation of Canadian left wing power-couple Naomi Klein (No Logo) and Avi...
Transgressing Boundaries and Crossing Borders
As Capoeiristas Brasilieras (Female Brazilian Practitioners of an Afro-BraziLian Martial Art)The world of capoeira, for the initiated few, is an all-encompassing lifestyle, philosophy, sport, martial art, dance, and game. Through the movements (gestural...
Transnational Conflicts: Central America, Social Change, and Globalization
TRANSNATIONAL CONFLICTS: CENTRAL AMERICA, SOCIAL CHANGE, AND GLOBALIZATION By William I. Robinson. London: Verso, 2003. USD 26.00 paper (ISBN: 1859844391), 400 pages.William I. Robinson's latest contribution to scholarship on Central America is an ambitious...
Transnationalism, Canadian Identity, and the Performance of Femininity in Elite Canadian Figure Skating
The Case of Joseé ChouinardIn 2002, a coach I interviewed proudly remarked that Joseé Chouinard, a popular Canadian figure skating champion and Olympian in the 1990s, embodied "the essence of a respectable Canadian girl." As Canada's second-ranked sport...
Undoing Development
A Conversation Between Megan Rivers-Moore and Leonardo Solano MéndezMegan Rivers-Moore and Leonardo Solano Méndez recently participated in a youth internship program funded by the Canadian federal government. The program is designed to provide young...
What We All Long For
WHAT WE ALL LONG FOR By Dionne Brand. Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2005. CAD 29.95 cloth (ISBN: 0-676-97167-9), 319 pages.Dionne Brand's latest novel is indeed What We All Long For in a book: magic writing, heartbreakingly strong and vulnerable characters,...
Who Da Man: Black Masculinities and Sporting Cultures
WHO DA MAN: BLACK MASCULINITIES AND SPORTING CULTURES By Gamal Abdel-Shehid. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press Inc., 2005. CAD 24.95 paper (ISBN 1-55130-261-6), 198 pages.Gamal Abdel-Shehid's Who Da Man: Black Masculinities and Sporting Cultures provides...
WHO Has a Weight Problem
Globalization, the "Obesity Epidemic", and the World Health OrganizationThese days, fat is a serious global issue. Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared that fat - or, to use the medical term, 'obesity' - has reached epidemic...