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Discourses of Denial

Mediations of Race, Gender, and Violence

Enriched by its official policies of multiculturalism, gender equality, and human rights, the Canadian public is occasionally shocked by glaring acts of racist and sexist violence brought to their attention by the sensationalist media. But nobody pauses to consider the historical antecedents and root causes of these tragedies. Discourses of Denial uncovers how racism, sexism, and violence interweave deep within the foundations of our society. Using examples from the lives of immigrant girls and women of colour, Yasmin Jiwani considers the way accepted definitions of race and gender shape and influence public consciousness. In linking race, gender, and violence, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of the complex and interconnected influences that shape the violence of contemporary social reality and that contour the lives of racialized women.

280 pages

Table of Contents



Part 1: Laying the Terrain

1 Reframing Violence

2 Mapping Race in the Media

Part 2: Sensationalized Cases

3 Erasing Race: The Story of Reena Virk

4 Culturalizing Violence and the Vernon “Massacre”

Part 3: Voicing the Violence

5 Racialized Girls and Everyday Negotiations

6 Gendered Racism, Sexist Violence, and the Health Care System Part 4: Mediations of Terror

7 Gendering Terror Post-9/11





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