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Remembering Vancouver's Disappeared Women : Settler Colonialism and the Difficulty of Inheritance

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Between the late 1970s and the early 2000s, at least sixty-five women, many of them members of Indigenous communities, were found murdered or reported missing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. In a work driven by the urgency of this ongoing crisis, which extends across the country, Amber Dean offers a timely, critical analysis of the public representations, memorials, and activist strategies that brought the story of Vancouver’s disappeared women to the attention of a wider public.Remembering Vancouver’s Disappeared Women traces “what lives on” from the violent loss of so many women from the same neighbourhood.

Dean interrogates representations that aim to humanize the murdered or missing women, asking how these might inadvertently feed into the presumed dehumanization of sex work, Indigeneity, and living in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Taking inspiration from Indigenous women’s research, activism, and art, she challenges readers to reckon with our collective implication in the ongoing violence of settler colonialism and to accept responsibility for addressing its countless injustices.

Number of Pages: 188
Genre: Social Science, History
Sub-Genre: Gender Studies, General
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr
Author: Amber Dean
Language: English
Street Date: December 21, 2015
TCIN: 21511936
UPC: 9781442612754
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-0789
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