Unequal Relations: A Critical Introduction to Race, Ethnic, and Aboriginal Dynamics in Canada (8e) : 9780133761788

Unequal Relations: A Critical Introduction to Race, Ethnic, and Aboriginal Dynamics in Canada (8e)

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Unequal Relations: A Critical Introduction to Race, Ethnic, and Aboriginal Dynamics in Canada is the market-leading, single-voice text for Race and Ethnicity courses in Canada, and it includes comprehensive coverage of racism, multiculturalism and diversity. This mature edition has been updated to remain current, and to include new sub-topics important to the discipline, including explicit discussion of the importance of immigration to Canada and its role in national building; older waves of immigration; and shifting attitudes of normalized immigrant groups.
Table of contents

Part One: Conceptualizing the Politics of Race, Ethnic, and Aboriginal Relations


Chapter 1: Race, Ethnic, and Aboriginal Relations: Patterns, Paradoxes, Perspectives

Chapter 2: The Politics of Race

Chapter 3: Racisms and Anti-racism

Chapter 4: Ethnicity Matters: Experiences: Politics, Identity, and Power, and Experiences

(NEW: Combined chapters 4 & 8 from 7Ce)

Chapter 5: Racialized Inequality

Chapter 6: Gender Minorities, Gendered Exclusions


Part Two Diversities and Difference in Canada: Peoples, Nations, and Minorities


Chapter 7: Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: Repairing the Relationship

Chapter 8: Immigrants and Immigration (previous chapter 9)

Chapter 9: Multiculturalism as Canada-Building Governance

(NEW: Combined chapters 10 & 11)

Chapter 10: This Adventure Called Canada-Building (previous chapter 12)

New to this edition

The usual amendments are in evidence, including

  • revisions, updates, deletions, and additions where necessary. Additional tables and diagrams have been introduced.
  • Diversity data from the 2011 National Household Survey are incorporated whenever possible.
  • A number of Debate boxes and Insight boxes have replaced those of earlier editions in the anticipation of keeping the material fresh and relevant.
  • The text introduces newer concepts and vocabulary such as “multiversal,” “microaggression,” “complex (or hyper-) diversities,” “racialization,” “racism 3.0,” “governance,” “infrastructural racism,” “transmigrants and transnationalism,” “differential accommodation,” and “postmulticulturalism”–not because they are fashionable, but because they promote innovative ways of thinking about the politics and dynamics of race, ethnicity, and aboriginality.

Features & benefits

The 8th Edition will have the following defining features:

  • Chapters reorganized and text streamlined by merging (1) Chapter 4 (Ethnicity Experiences) and Chapter 8 (The Quebec Question), and (2) The two chapters on Multiculturalism (chapters 10 and 11).
  • Debate boxes made more concise to help increase student engagement.
  • Updates for currency, including revisions to reflect the changes to immigration program in Canada in the past 5 years.
  • New learning objectives included at the beginning of every chapter.
  • The end-of-chapter highlights have been streamlined and are now better-matched with the chapter content and learning objectives.
Author biography
Augie Fleras teaches at the University of Waterloo. His research interests include Race and Ethnic Relations, Multiculturalism, indigenous People’s Politics, Mass Media Communication, and Theorizing Social Problems. He received his PhD from Victoria University of Wellington.