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  • About Canada: Queer Rights

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    Questioning whether or not Canada is a "queer utopia," this document reflects on the country's growth of acceptance of the LGQBT lifestyles, speculating if it was truly the goal that queer activists hoped to achieve. Using the origins of the 1970s gay and lesbian liberation movement as a starting point, the history of the struggle for queer rights in Canada is highlighted, creating a clearer understanding of the present day. Covered topics include regional organizing; legal reform; institutional homophobia; children, youth, and education; health; and difference and privilege. Contending that Canada's queer community is as diverse and multicultural as the country itself, this study also emphasizes that they are not easily generalized, arguing that they have not yet achieved equality. Learn More
  • Nationalism And Culture

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    Originally published in 1937, Nationalism and Culture is a detailed and scholarly of the development of nationalism and the changes in human cultures from the dawn of history to the present day and an analysis of the relations of these to one another. Rocker traces the evolution of religious and political systems and their relation to the authoritarian State on the one hand and to the people on the other; he analyzes the Nation as alleged community of race, of culture, of language, of interest. The book contains a series of cross-sections of European society at successive historical periods and relates them to one another; offering copious illustrations of the literature of every period and country.

    "An important contribution to political philosophy, both on account of its penetrating and widely informative analysis of many famous writers, and on account of the brilliant criticism of state-worship. I hope it will be widely read in all those countries where disinterested thinking is not yet illegal." - Bertrand Russell

    "An important contribution to our thought about human society: it is the work not merely of a keen, well-poised mind, but of a deeply humane personality. ... Nationalism and Culture, in short, is a book worthy to be placed on the same shelf that holds Candide, The Rights of Man and Mutual Aid." - Lewis Mumford

    "I find the book extraordinarily original and illuminating. Many facts and relationships are presented in it in a novel and convincing fashion." - Albert Einstein

    "It is impossible to give an adequate review of a book so dense with facts. I can only state that where I have special knowledge, as in the history of art, I have invariably found these facts correct. I find Rocker tolerant, modest, and aware of the essential values in culture. In one word, I find him infinitely sympathetic." - Herbert Read

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  • From Political Economy To Anthropolo

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    The work of Karl Polanyi (1886-1964) touched many themes in philosophy and social theory which led to collaboration with scholars in many disciplines. The most recent group of scholars affected by Polanyi's ideas came together to present talks at various international conferences. From those conferences arose this collection which represents a move towrad a better understanding of ancient people's attempts at situating economic life within society. 

    Some of the topics covered include a socail and economic analysis of ancient, pre-state Greece and classical Maya; the Maoriwomen and slaves; rural India; rural Kentucky and pre-Industrail Japan. 

    Contributors include: Walter Donlan, Ian Morris, John Adams, Vernon Scarborough, and William Schaniel, Makoto Maruyama and Rhoda Halperin.

    Colin Duncan is adjunct assistant professor of history at Queenès University in Kingston, whre he specialises in the environmental history of British agriculture.

    David Tandy is associate professor of classics at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; his speciality is early Greece.

    Volume 3 of the Critical Perspectives on Historic Issues series.

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  • Raft Of The Medusa

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    In interviews with five academics and writers - Amin Maalouf, Thierry Hentsch, Sara Suleri, Marlene Nourbese Philip and Ackbar Abbas - history is discussed from a non-European perspective. The interviews examine such issues as Islamic fundamentalism and Occidental modernism, the Partition of India in 1947, the future of Hong Kong, and questions of identity in a postcolonial era. This book presents Eurocentrism of western history as an aberration that is not only scandalous, but dangerous. In addition to the transcript of the video version of The Raft of the Medusa, this book also includes an interview with Marwan Hassan by Will Straw, providing a dialogue around the issues raised in the video, and an essay by Charles Acland examining colonial discourse as discussed in The Raft and how these themes are expressed in Bram Stokers' Dracula

    Jocelyne Doray--editor, video consultant and translator--is currently at work on L'âge de l'Innocence, a book on child criminals. Julian Samuel is a Montréal film and video maker and writer. He has made Resisting the Pharaohs, a film about Montréal's arms industry and weapons' sales to areas of conflict, including Isreal, South Africa and Indonesia. He is the author of Lone Ranger in Pakistan.

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  • Words Of A Rebels [KROPOTKIN VOL 7]

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    Translated and Introducted by George Woodcock

    First published in 1885 in Paris, this collection of articles constitutes Kropotkin’s first book. Originally titled Paroles d’un Revolté, it includes his earliest works from the period 1879 to 1882. In the succeeding years it was translated into Italian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Russian, and Chinese. Long-awaited in English, Words of a Rebel is the first complete translation.

    A different work from the more familiar books of the older Kropotkin, it is a product of an anarchist agitator and it derives its interest as much from what it reveals about an important transitional phase in the development of anarchism as it does for what it shows us of Kropotkin himself. Seeing revolution as a popular insurrection, in the broadest terms, Kropotkin believed that public wealth should belong to its producers and consumers and not to the State or the rich.

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  • Milano Papers

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    Examining the flaws in traditional economic indicators of welfare, wealth and development, the essays in this volume offer a cogent critique of theories of economic liberalism. In The Milano Papers critical analyses and case studies are employed to reassess long-held "sacred cows" - laissez faire economics, free trade, market rationality - thus illustrating the increasing crisis in the discipline of economics, and in the "development" of global capitalism.

    Recognising that the macroeconomics of the Fordist-Keynesian era are based on goals and a vision of the world that no longer apply in our times, the authors draw from the history of the postwar era to the present day in order to envision strategies for the challenges of the global economy.

    For an increasing number of international scholars and researchers, the work of Karl Polanyi - for example, The Great Transformation (1944) - has been a source of inspiration in assessing current conditions and building renewed perspectives and methodologies. In detailed analyses of current socioeconomic trends from all over the globe, the writers of this collection - enriched by Polanyi's understanding of economic development - propose new concepts and goals for economic analysis in the wake of the collapse of "communism".

    Contributors include: Samir Amin, Zygmunt Bauman, Gérald Berthoud, Abraham Rotstein, Ayse Bugra, Alberto Chilosi, Alfredo L. de Romana, Pat Devine, Colin Duncan, Bjorn Hettne, Tadeusz Kowalik, Alain Lipietz, Tomory Marta, J. Martinez-Alier, Mario Nuti, Ulf Olsson, Jean-Michel Servet and Claus Thomasberger. V

    olume 7 of the Critical Perspectives on Historic Issues series.

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  • Into The European Mirror

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    Into the European Mirror, the second book from Montréal film and video producer Julian Samuel's triolgy, follows the quest of The Raft of the Medusa (Black Rose Books, 1993), further developing a discussion of Occidental modernity by exploring the connections between the emergence of national identities and the exclusion and expulsion of minorities: of 'others.'

    The book explores instances of nationalism and expulsion from Damascus to London and Montreal scrutinizes how Islam was demonized in the European mind; and draws a provocative line from late fifteenth century Cordoba to twentieth-century Palestine and Bosnia.

    Though the times have changed, the enforcement of national identity as a single ethnic and religious identity remains cruelly the same. In addition to the transcript of Samuel's tape, and to the interviews, this book includes an examination of the mechanics of the 'video essay'.

    Into the European Mirror is a work about real and imaginary frontiers, and how the one becomes the other.

    This is the most polished of Julian Samuel's recent excursions into the colonial encounter the long and complex construction of Europe as an identifiable cultural body and it probes, as well, the perils of nationalism based on single identity. - Now Magazine

    Aruna Handa is a fiction writer, and is currently on a Shastri Fellowship at the University of Poona. While in Montréal, she worked as a researcher for CBC Radio and the Québec Public Interest Group. John Kipphoff is currently doing research in India on the involvement of Dalits the untouchables in Indian politics. Julian Samuel is a film and video maker, a visual artist, and fiction writer from Montréal. A transcript and discussion of The Raft of the Medusa: Five Voices on Colonies, Nations and Histories, his first film on colonialism, is published by Black Rose Books.

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