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Indigenous Women and Work: From Labor to Activism

by Carol Williams University of Illinois Press
Pub Date:
11/2012
ISBN:
9780252078682
Format:
Pbk 336 pages
Price:
AU$64.00 NZ$65.22
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The essays in Indigenous Women and Work create a transnational and comparative dialogue on the history of the productive and reproductive lives and circumstances of Indigenous women from the late nineteenth century to the present in the United States, Australia, New Zealand/Aotearoa, and Canada. Surveying the spectrum of Indigenous women's lives and circumstances as workers, both waged and unwaged, the contributors offer varied perspectives on the ways women's work has contributed to the survival of communities in the face of ongoing tensions between assimilation and colonization. They also interpret how individual nations have conceived of Indigenous women as workers and, in turn, convert these assumptions and definitions into policy and practice. The essays address the intersection of Indigenous, women's, and labor history, but will also be useful to contemporary policy makers, tribal activists, and Native American women's advocacy associations.

Contributors are Tracey Banivanua Mar, Marlene Brant Castellano, Cathleen D. Cahill, Brenda J. Child, Sherry Farrell Racette, Chris Friday, Aroha Harris, Faye Heavy- Shield, Heather A. Howard, Margaret D. Jacobs, Alice Littlefield, Cybele Locke, Mary Jane Logan McCallum, Kathy M'Closkey, Colleen O'Neill, Beth H. Piatote, Susan Roy, Lynette Russell, Joan Sangster, Ruth Taylor, and Carol Williams.

''This intellectually engaging anthology compiles an excellent array of essays revolving around Indigenous women's relation to labor in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. The geographic range allows the reader to see the commonalities and differences between women's work experiences in these various national contexts.''--Renya K. Ramirez, coeditor of Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture
Carol Williams is an associate professor of women and gender studies and history at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, and the author of Framing the West: Race, Gender and the Photographic Frontier in the Pacific Northwest.