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Gendered Militarism in Canada

Learning Conformity and Resistance

edited by Nancy Taber

The University of Alberta Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2015
Canada, Gender Studies, Research, Women's Studies
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    Publish Date
    Dec 2015
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    Publish Date
    Jan 2016
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“Despite Canada’s claim to be a gender equitable nation, militarism continues to function in ways that protect inequality.” -- from the Introduction

Little has been done to examine, critique, and challenge the ways ingrained societal ideas of militarism and gender influence lifelong learning patterns and practices of Canadians. Editor Nancy Taber and ten other contributors explore reasons why Canadian educators should be concerned with how learning, militarism, and gender intersect. Readers may be surprised to discover how this reaches beyond the classroom into the everyday lessons, attitudes, and habits that all Canadians are taught, often without question. Pushing the boundaries of education theory, research, and practice, this book will be of particular interest to feminist, adult, and teacher educators and to scholars and students of education, the military, and women’s and gender studies. Foreword by Patricia Gouthro.

Contributors: Mark Anthony Castrodale, Gillian L. Fournier, Andrew Haddow, Cindy L. Hanson, Laura Lane, Jamie Magnusson, Robert C. Mizzi, Shahrzad Mojab, Snežana Ratković, Roger Saul, Nancy Taber.

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Editorial Reviews

“[Gendered Militarism] provides both a theoretical and practical foundation for the necessary consideration of gendered militarism in a wide range of applications. The book’s language is accessible, its examples are many and clear, and its theoretical frameworks provide a wide variety of complementary approaches as applied to personal, local, national and international contexts. The diversity of the approaches and contributors undoubtedly add validity to the book’s findings, and each author provides different ways of resisting and opposing gendered militarism…. [W]hether the reader comes from education, gender studies, communication and cultural studies, or government, military or civilian organizations, they will find the book helpful in identifying where and when gendered militarism is replicated and advanced.”

TOPIA Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, Volume 37

"Canada in the First World War with a population of 8 million lost 61,000 dead. The tiny Kingdom of Serbia, half our size, lost 1.1 million. By any measure of modesty or good sense Canadians have some nerve in boasting of our wartime exploits as a defining moment in history. Yet the sheen of reflected military glory even today is irresistible to certain politicians who promote a 'national identity that is masculinist and militarized', writes Prof. Nancy Taber of Brock University. Gendered Militarism in Canada examines the contradiction. It is a thoughtful book. Editor Taber brings street cred to the topic; she is a former Sea King navigator." [Full article at]

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