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Canadian-only ProductOpen Boundaries: A Canadian Women's Studies Reader, 3rd Edition

By Barbara A. Crow, Lise Gotell

Published by Pearson Education Canada

Published Date: Feb 29, 2008


Open Boundaries is a broad collection of reading with an interdisciplinary approach to Women’s Studies.  Each chapter offers students a brief introduction, followed by excerpts and articles which present current debates through scholarly, fictive, journalistic, and personal narratives.  The new third edition consists of 39 contemporary readings, 22 of which are all new.  Short author biographies precede each reading, introducing students to current voices from the world of Canadian Women’s Studies.  The text is organized into 5 chaptered units, covering the definition of ‘woman’ in Canadian studies; the Changing Context of Activism; Engendering Violence ; Culture, the Body and Femininity; and Sexuality.

Table of Contents

(New readings in bold)


Introduction:  Lise Gotell and Barbara Crow


Unit I: Who is the Woman of Canadian Women’s Studies? Theoretical Interventions


Nicole Brossard. (2005).  To write society: Adrift on the edge of reality and fiction. In Fluid arguments (pp. 222-241). Toronto, ON: Mercury.


Cressida Heyes. (2000). Philosophical investigations (in a feminist voice). In Line drawings: Defining women through feminist practice (pp. 77-102). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.


Himani Bannerji. (1987).  Introducing racism: Notes towards an anti-racist feminism. Resources for Feminist Research/Documentation sur la recherche feministe, 16:1, 10-12.


Ena Dua. (1999). Canadian anti-racist feminist thought: Scratching the surface. In Scratching the surface: Canadian anti-racist feminist thought (pp. 7-31).Toronto, ON:  Women's Press.


Jeannette Armstrong. (1996). Invocation: The real power of aboriginal women. In Christine Miller and Patricia Chuchryk (Eds.), Women of the First Nations:

Power, wisdom and strength (pp. ix-xii). Winnipeg, MN: University of Manitoba Press


Ann Braithwaite. (2005).  "Where we've been" and "Where We're Going": Reflecting on Rreflections of women's studies/women's movement(s). In Ann Braithwaite, Susan Heald, Susanne Luhmann and Sharon Rosenberg. Troubling Women's Studies( Pasts, Presents and Possibilities. Toronto, ON: Sumach Press.


Natasha Pinterics. (2001). Riding the feminist waves:  In with the thirds. Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, 20/21:4/1, 15-21.


Kim Sawchuk. (2007). Making waves: The narrativization of feminist history and intellectual matricide. Solicited for this collection.



Unit II: The Changing Context of Activisms


Status of Women Canada. (2005). Assessing Gender Equality:  Trends in the Situation of Women and Men in Canada. Ottawa, ON:  Secretary of State.


Janine Brodie. (2002). The great undoing: State formation, gender politics, and ocial policy in Canada. In Catherine Kingfisher (Ed.), Western welfare in decline: Globalization and women’s poverty (pp. 90-110). Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.


Chris Gabriel and Laura MacDonald. (2005). Managing trade agreements?: Mapping the contours of state feminism and women’s political activism. Canadian Foreign Policy, 12:1, 71-88. 

Alexandra Dobrowolski. (2000). Intersecting identities and inclusive institutions: Women and a future transformative politics. Journal of Canadian Studies, 35:1, 240-261.


Pat Armstrong and Hugh Armstrong. (2002). Thinking it through: Women, work and caring in the new millennium. Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, 21/22:  4/1, 44-50.


Martha Friendly. (2007). Why women still ain’t satisified: Politics and activism in Canadian child care, Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, 25:3-4, 41-46. 

Patricia Monture. (2007). Confronting power: Aboriginal women and justice reform. Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, 25:3-4, 25-32.


Sunera Thobani. (2003). War and the politics of truth-making in Canada. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 16:3, 399-414. 


Brandi Leigh-Ann Bell. (2002). Riding the third wave: Woman-produced zines and feminisms” Resources for Feminist Research, 29:3, pp. 187-198.


Jennifer Plyler. (2006). Rooting out injustice: Discussions with radical young women in Toronto Canada.  In Shamilla Wilson, Anasuya Sengupta and Kristy Evans (Eds.), Defending out dreams: Global feminist voices for a new generation. London: Zed, pp. 136-149.



Unit III: Engendering Violence.


Joanne Minaker and Laureen Snider. (2006). Husband abuse: Equality with a vengeance?” Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 48:5, pp.753-780.


Yasmin Jiwani. "Erasing race: the story of Reena Virk." Canadian Woman Studies 19.3 (Fall 1999): 178-84. 


Rakhi Ruparelia. (2006). “Does no “no” mean reasonable doubt? Assessing the impact of Ewanchuk on determinations of consent? Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, 25:1-2, 167-172.


Jane Doe. (2006). The ultimate rape victim. Canadian Women Studies/les cahiers de la femme, 25:1-2,77.


Sherene H. Razack. (2000). Gendered racial violence and spatialized justice: The murder of Pamela George.” Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 15:2, 91-130.   

Anita Olsen Harper. (2006). Is Canada peaceful and safe for Aboriginal women. Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, 25:1-2, 33-39.



Unit IV:  Culture, the Body and Femininity


CARAL. (2003). A special report to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the decriminalization of abortion:  Protecting abortion rights in Canada. Canadian Abortion Rights Action League.


Susan Wendell. (1996). Abortion. The rejected body: Feminist philosophical reflections on disability. New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 151-15. 

Carla Rice. (2002). Between body and culture:  Beauty, ability, and growing up female. In Vanaja Dhruvarajan, and Jill Vickers. (Eds.), Gender, race, and nation: A global perspective. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, pp. 205-221.


Susan Wendell. (1996). The flight from the rejected body. The rejected body: Feminist philosophical reflections on disability. New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 85-93.


Fabienne Darling-Wolf. (2000). From airbrushing to liposuction: The technological reconstruction of the female body. In Baukje Miedema et al. (Eds.), Women’s bodies, Women’s Lives, Toronto, ON:  Sumach Press, pp. 277-293.


Leslie Regan Shade. (2006).  Feminizing the mobile: Gender scripting of mobiles in North America. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 20.3.



Unit V: Sexuality


Christine Overall. (1990). Heterosexuality and feminist theory. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 20:1, 9-17.


Erin Connell. (2005). Desire as interruption:  Young women and sexuality education in Ontarion Canada. Sex Education. 5:3, 253-268.


Melanie Beres. (2006). “Negotiating Consent in Casual Heterosexual Sex.” Sexual consent to heterosexual casual sex among young adults living in Jasper. Doctoral dissertation. Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.


Marianne Valverde. (2006). The respectable same sex couple: A new entity in the history of sexuality. Feminist Studies, 32:1,155 -162.


Claire Young and Susan Boyd. (2006). Losing the feminist voice? Debates on the legal recognition of same sex partnerships in Canada,” Feminist Legal Studies, 14, 213-240.


Lee Maracle. (1988, 1996). Isn't love a given. I am a Woman:  A Native perspective on sociology and feminism. Vancouver, BC:  Press Gang Publishers, pp. 20-30.


Cassandra Lord. (2001). The silencing of sexuality. In Allyson Mitchell, Lisa Bryn Rundle, and Lara Karaian, (Eds.), Turbo chicks: Talking young feminisms. Toronto, ON: Sumach Press, pp. 207-212.


Amber Dean. (2005). Does a lesbian need a vagina like a fish needs a bicycle?” Or would the real lesbian please stand up?, Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, 24:2-3,  92-101.


Jean Bobby Noble. (2004). Sons of the Movement:  Feminism, Female Masculinity and Female to Male (FTM) Transexual Men. Atlantis, 29:1, 21-28.

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