Group Politics and Social Movements in Canada, Second Edition

Group Politics and Social Movements in Canada, Second Edition

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Edited by Miriam Smith
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division © 2014
World Rights
400 Pages
ISBN 9781442606951
Published Apr 2014
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ISBN 9781442606975
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Group Politics and Social Movements in Canada, Second Edition updates and expands its exploration of a wide range of organized group and social movement activity in Canadian politics. Particularly distinctive is the inclusion of Quebec nationalism and Aboriginal politics. Many other areas of collective activity are also included: the Occupy movement and anti-poverty organizing, ethnocultural political mobilization, disability, lesbian and gay politics, feminism, farmers and organized interests in agriculture, Christian evangelical groups, environment, and health movements. Contributors to the collection employ a number of theoretical perspectives from political science and sociology to describe the evolution of organized groups and movements and to evaluate successes in exercising influence on Canadian politics. Each chapter provides an overview of the group or movement along with an account of its main networks and organizations, strategies, goals, successes, and failures.

Miriam Smith is Professor of Social Science at York University. She is the author of Political Institutions and Lesbian and Gay Rights in the United States and Canada (2008) as well as Lesbian and Gay Rights in Canada: Social Movements and Equality-Seeking, 1971-1995 (1999) and A Civil Society? Collective Actors in Canadian Political Life (2005).
List of Key Acronyms
Introduction: Theories of Group and Movement Organizing, Miriam Smith

Part I: Political Economy
1. Business Interests and Civil Society in Canada, Peter Clancy
2. Party On or Party's Over? Organized Labour and Canadian Politics, Charlotte Yates & Amanda Coles
3. Farm Groups in Canadian Politics, Grace Skogstad
4. Mobilizing On the Defensive: Anti-Poverty Advocacy and Activism in Times of Austerity, Jonathan Greene
5. Occupy: History, Physicality, Virtuality, Matt James

Part II: Ethnicity, Gender, and Religion
6. Ethnocultural Political Mobilization, Multiculturalism, and Human Rights in Canada, Audrey Kobayashi
7. The Women's Movement in Flux: Feminism and Framing, Passion, and Politics, Alexandra Dobrowolsky
8. Identity and Opportunity: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Movement, Miriam Smith
9. Populist and Conservative Christian Evangelical Movements: A Comparison of Canada and the United States, Trevor W. Harrison

Part III: Nations and Nationalism
10. Aysaka'paykinit: Contesting the Rope Around the Nations' Neck, Kiera L. Ladner
11. Nationalism and Protest: The Sovereignty Movement in Quebec, Pascale Dufour and Christophe Traisnel

Part IV: Environment, Disability, and Health
12. The Canadian Environmental Movement: Remembering Who We Are, Robert Paehlke
13. Meaning Frames, Opportunity Structures, and Rights in the Canadian Disability Rights Movement, Lisa Vanhala
14. Health Social Movements: The Next Wave in Contentious Politics? Michael Orsini

List of Contributors
Group Politics and Social Movements in Canada is a must read for scholars interested in social change and social movements in Canada. It provides a rich analysis of the historical development and contemporary challenges facing key Canadian social movements, and is framed well by Professor Smith's sophisticated analysis of different lenses on social movements.

Susan Phillips, Carleton University

This book is a joy in the classroom, and the second edition is fresh and up-to-date. Miriam Smith has again pulled together experts on a diverse set of social movements, including coverage of Idle No More and Occupy. There is no book in political science or sociology that covers the Canadian trajectories of the range of movements found in this book.

Peter Graefe, McMaster University

Miriam Smith's unique and comprehensive volume brings together a cast of leading experts to address a diverse array of groups and social movements, in the process opening up new ground for understanding collective mobilization historically and today. Students and scholars alike will benefit from the fresh understanding given to power, politics, and change in Canada.

Yasmeen Abu-Laban, University of Alberta