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Claiming Space

Racialization in Canadian Cities

Cheryl Teelucksingh, editor

Paper 210 pp.

ISBN13: 978-0-88920-499-7

Release Date: May 2006

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Claiming Space: Racialization in Canadian Cities critically examines the various ways in which Canadian cities continue to be racialized despite objective evidence of racial diversity and the dominant ideology of multiculturalism. Contributors consider how spatial conditions in Canadian cities are simultaneously part of, and influenced by, racial domination and racial resistance.

Reflecting on the ways in which race is systematically hidden within the workings of Canadian cities, the book also explores the ways in which racialized people attempt to claim space. These essays cover a diverse range of Canadian urban spaces and various racial groups, as well as the intersection of ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality. Linking themes include issues related to subjectivity and space; the importance of new space that arises by challenging the dominant ideology of multiculturalism; and the relationship between diasporic identities and claims to space.

Cheryl Teelucksingh is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University. Her scholarly activities focus on the area of ethno-racial and immigrant settlement patterns in Toronto, research methods, environmental justice, socio-spatial theory, and urban development. She is also a research associate with the Centre for Social Justice in Toronto.


Claiming Space is an edited volume consisting of ten well-written chapters, primarily concerned with racialized spaces and the socio-political power/resistance relations that permeate them. It deals with processes of racialization and several urban manifestations of social inequality (13) from a postmodernist/post-struturalist perspective...and is appropriate for interdisciplinary social science students in upper level undergraduate or graduate courses.”

— Nikolaos I. Liodakis, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canadian Ethnic Studies