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Countering Displacements

The Creativity and Resilience of Indigenous and Refugee-ed Peoples

Daniel Coleman, Erin Goheen Glanville, Wafaa Hasan, Agnes Kramer-Hamstra, Editors

Published: April 2012
ISBN: 9780888645920
Pages: 336 Size: 9x6

The essays in this collection explore the activities of two populations of displaced peoples that are seldom discussed together: Indigenous peoples and refugees or diasporic peoples around the world. Rather than focusing on victimhood, the authors focus on the creativity and agency of displaced peoples, thereby emphasizing capacity and resilience. Throughout their chapters, they show how cultural activities—from public performance to filmmaking to community arts—recur as significant ways in which people counter the powers of displacement. This book is an indispensable resource for displaced peoples everywhere and the policy makers, social scientists, and others who work in concert with them. Contributors: Catherine Graham, Subhasri Ghosh, Jon Gordon, Maroussia Hajdukowski-Ahmed, Agnes Kramer-Hamstra, Mazen Masri, Jean McDonald, and Pavithra Narayanan.

Daniel Coleman is Professor of Canadian Literature, Department of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University. He lives in Hamilton. Erin Goheen Glanville is a PhD Candidate in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. She lives in Vancouver.Wafaa Hasan recently completed her PhD in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University and was founding Associate Director for the Symposium for the CRC on Diversity in Canadian Literary Cultures. She lives in Toronto.Agnes Kramer-Hamstra is Professor of Literature in the Department of English at St. Stephen's University. She lives in St. Stephen, New Brunswick.

Countering Displacements brings together citizenship studies, refugee studies, diaspora studies and indigenous studies to create new conversations.... It is a book that offers diverse and challenging reflections on a wide range of questions around dispossession, migration, and the resilience to remake lives. Everyone working on postcolonial studies will find something of interest here.

– Pamela McCallum, Chimo