Staff Pick from Taina:
Daiva K. Stasiulis is one of Canada’s foremost thinkers when it comes to gendered analyses of contemporary issues, and for Stasiulis, a pioneer of intersectional theorizing, gender is an intersection with race, class, sexuality and other socio-historical relations. Co-authored with Abigail B. Bakan, Stasiulus’s book Negotiating Citizenship: Migrant Women in Canada and the Global System (2005) is a must read for anyone wishing to understand citizenship, neo-liberalism, migration, and globalization in the Canadian context – so basically it is a book for all Canadians to read!
Using the case study of the migration of Filipino and West Indian women into domestic work in Canada, Stasiulus and Bakan look at negotiating citizenship in an era of globalization, a term which they define in Chapter 2, which itself is worth the price of the book. Chapter 2 provides a theory about contemporary citizenship and is an excellent overview of understanding the complex factors that shape who is, and who is not, considered a “real” Canadian, post-9/11. Inside the book find detail on gatekeeping in Canada, the uneven world system, citizenship rights, and resistance and solidarity. This book is a citizen’s primer!