Racialized Bodies, Disabling Worlds: Storied Lives of Immigrant Muslim Women

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Overview

In this book, Parin Dossa explores the lives of Canadian Muslim women who share their stories of social marginalization and disenfranchisement in a disabling world. Dossa shows how, being subject to social erasure in policy and research, these women define their identities and claim their humanity using the language of everyday life. The stories, she argues, are testimonial narratives that capture a collective situation of what it is like to be subject to compounded discrimination and racism, and how these can be addressed to create an enabling and inclusive environment. Based on narrative ethnography, this book makes a case for positive acknowledgment of perceived differences of nationality, religion, multiple abilities, and gendered identities. It offers a powerful argument for bridging two disparate bodies of work: disability studies and antiracist feminism. Most significantly, it shows how racialized Muslim women with disabilities are redefining the parameters of their social worlds and developing a distinctively pluralistic understanding of abilities. This ground-breaking work gives presence to the lives of people who are otherwise rendered socially invisible.
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Editorial Reviews

Andrew Wong; Signs: vol 36:04:2011
‘An innovative work that connects antiracist feminism and disability studies… Dossa's work is both powerful and innovative in the way it draws on the voices of minority women who reclaim their identities while simultaneously influencing the mainstream. I recommended it highly for professionals and students alike in both fields.’
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802095510
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 2/14/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Parin Dossa is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University.
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Table of Contents

1 Mapping the methodology and sociopolitical contexts 10

2 The difference of disability 31

3 Narrative moments from the margins 64

4 Writing dislocation : telling her-story 92

5 Women as subject : multi-voiced narration 121

Conclusion Alternative spaces - establishing connections 151

Notes 165

References 171

Index 185

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