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Claiming Space

Racialization in Canadian Cities

Cheryl Teelucksingh

Publication Year: 2006

Claiming Space: Racialization in Canadian Cities critically examines the various ways in which Canadian cities continue to be racialized despite objective evidence of racial diversity and the dominant ideology of multiculturalism. Contributors consider how spatial conditions in Canadian cities are simultaneously part of, and influenced by, racial domination and racial resistance.

Reflecting on the ways in which race is systematically hidden within the workings of Canadian cities, the book also explores the ways in which racialized people attempt to claim space. These essays cover a diverse range of Canadian urban spaces and various racial groups, as well as the intersection of ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality. Linking themes include issues related to subjectivity and space; the importance of new space that arises by challenging the dominant ideology of multiculturalism; and the relationship between diasporic identities and claims to space.

Published by: Wilfrid Laurier University Press


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii

This collection has had a long gestation. It is important to acknowledge that it has depended upon the collaboration and contributions of many people. First, I would like to thank each of the contributors for their effort and patience. I have valued the opportunity to work with such a dynamic and decent group of academic colleagues. I also owe a debt ...

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1. TOWARD CLAIMING SPACE:Theorizing racialized spaces in Canadian cities

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pp. 1-18

Increasing numbers of racial and ethnic minorities in Canada continue to be drawn to urban centres. In the current context, this demographic fact enables various levels of government to point, reassuringly, to objective evidence of racial diversity and the dominant ideology of multiculturalism. However, closer examination reveals that celebrated Canadian markers of ...

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2. THE NEW YELLOW PERIL: The rhetorical construction of Asian Canadian identity and cultural anxiety in Richmond

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pp. 19-40

The race relations "News Forum" (subtitled "Neighbours: Beyond Political Correctness" when it was broadcast on the evening of October 23, 1995), and the events that precipitated it, provide an exemplary starting point for the analysis of discursive struggles over community identities, urban environments, and race in British Columbia. Televisual discourse, with its invitation ...

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3. CARVING OUT A SPACE OF ONE'S OWN: The Sephardic Kehila Centre and the Toronto Jewish community

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pp. 41-64

In 1997, the Sephardic community1 in the Greater Toronto Area (henceforth referred to as "Toronto") celebrated the opening of the Sephardic Kehila Centre (the "Kehila Centre").2 Although a number of Sephardic synagogues existed in Toronto, the Kehila Centre was heralded by the Sephardic community as an especially joyous and momentous occasion marking their ...

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4. MAPPING GREEKTOWN: Identity and the making of "place" in suburban Calgary

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pp. 65-82

Creating diaspora, as places located in physical space or within the consciousness and hearts of its members, is a dynamic process (Brah, 1996). Nostalgia for a homeland, ancestral village, or lifestyle is expressed differently by migrant groups who view their stay in host countries on a continuum spanning temporary sojourns to long-term enterprises. Greek ...

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5. THERE IS NO ALIBI FOR BEING (BLACK)? Race, dialogic space, and the politics of trialectic identity

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pp. 83-100

To be authored, Fanon (1967) continues, the Black body enters, so to speak, a social imaginary, a discursive space in which it is already constructed, imagined, and positioned. When the child gazed at and pointed her finger toward him and said, "Look, moma! A Black man," Fanon wrote that he was fixed in that gaze: the gaze of Otherness. To fall under that gaze is to ...

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6. CO-MOTION IN THE DIASPORIC CITY: Transformations in Toronto's public culture

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pp. 101-120

Since the relative liberalization of federal immigration policy in the late 1960s, the socio-cultural landscape of Toronto has undergone such a metamorphosis that it is no longer useful to describe it with the language of official multiculturalism. Neither is City Hall's celebratory but toothless approach to "diversity" any help, as in its motto "Diversity Our Strength" ...

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7. BLACK MEN IN FROCKS: Sexing race in a gay ghetto (Toronto)

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pp. 121-134

The footnote. That now infamous footnote number 44 of Frantz Fanon. Let us return to it at least one more time. Returning to Fanon's footnote number 44 in Black Skin, White Masks (Fanon, 1967) might help us to make sense of some black men in frocks and their ambivalence, ambiguity, and antagonistic relationship to a range of socio-cultural elements in Canada ...

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8. "SALT-WATER CITY": The representation of Vancouver in Sky Lee's Disappearing Moon Café and Wayson Choy's The Jade Peony

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pp. 135-152

Walter Pache has suggested that "there is no homogeneous tradition of urban writing, nor has urban writing so far attracted much attention in criticism" (Pache, 2002, p. 1149). A long tradition of natureinspired writing, the relatively slow rate of urbanization, and the "long-lasting dependence on London as imperial metropolis" (Pache, 2002, p. 1149) ...

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9. GAMBLING ON THE EDGE: The moral geography of a First Nations casino in "Las Vegas North"

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pp. 153-172

In August 2003, Gambler Magazine, a gaming industry publication, contained a feature article on the extravagant casino located in West Edmonton Mall, the world's largest entertainment and shopping centre. The article describes the unique setting the mall provides for the "two-level 30,000-square-foot luxurious facility that overlooks the world's biggest indoor ...

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10. LIVING WITH THE TRAUMATIC: Social pathology and the racialization of Canadian spaces

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pp. 173-194

March 6, 1998—the day is etched into my memory. It was at a party hosted by a friend from grad school: a place that I believed to be safe space, a place where I could put my guard down. Not long after we arrived, I was made painfully aware that for racialized peoples in Canada, safe space is always a tentative thing at best. I sat in the room, along with ...

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pp. 195-196


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pp. 197-202

E-ISBN-13: 9781554581375
Print-ISBN-13: 9780889204997
Print-ISBN-10: 0889204993

Page Count: 210
Publication Year: 2006