Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Approx. 250 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
August 2018
Print ISBN: 9780889616035
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How and why do “ordinary” women and nonbinary people engage in various forms of social-change work at different times in their lives? What does it mean for these people to age as activists? Unsettling Activisms brings together insights from academics and activists in an intergenerational conversation that addresses these questions. Drawing on diverse lived experiences, including contributions from leading feminist and age studies scholars, this volume investigates how powerful, interlocking forms of difference such as gender, class, race, ability, ethnicity, sexuality, and Indigeneity, shape the meaning and experience of both ageing and activism. This vital resource consists of eight analytic chapters and eight vibrant reflective pieces, alongside poignant poetry and photography. This collection is best suited for undergraduate and graduate courses in gender studies, activist and social movement studies, and age and ageing studies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Amplifying Activisms—May Chazan

Poem I: Grandmother—waaseyaa’sin christine sy
Introduction to Part I: Pluralizing—Carole Roy
Chapter 1: Activisms across Women’s Lives: Rethinking the Politics of (Grand)Mothering—May Chazan, Jesse Whattam, and Melissa Baldwin
Reflection 1: “Climbing into My Granny Pants”: Reflections from a Grandmother Activist—Peggy Edwards
Chapter 2: Activist Aging: The Tactical Theatrics of RECAA—Kim Sawchuk and Constance Lafontaine
Reflection 2: Change and Continuity: Activisms across Time and Place—Sadeqa Siddiqui

Poem II: Firekeeper—Keara Lightning
Introduction to Part II: Persisting—waaseyaa’sin christine sy
Chapter 3: “That’s my Bridge”: Water Protector, Knowledge Holder, Language Teacher—Elder Shirley Ida Williams Pheasant
Reflection 3: “And Then We Let Them Go, and We Have Their Backs”— Monique Mojica
Chapter 4: Settler Solidarities and the Limits of Granny Activism—May Chazan
Reflection 4: Learning to Listen: Half a Century of Walking with First Peoples—Jean Koning

Poem III: This Mouth—Niambi Leigh
Introduction to Part III: Embodying—Sally Chivers
Chapter 5: Strengthening Our Activisms by Creating Intersectional Space for the Personal, Professional, Disability, and Aging—Nadine Changfoot, Mary Anne Ansley, and Andrea Dodsworth
Reflection 5: Words, Work, and Wonder: Poeting toward Mid-life—Ziy von B
Chapter 6: The Raging Grannies versus the Sexperts: Performing Humour to Resist Compulsory (Hetero)Sexuality—Marlene Goldman, May Chazan, and Melissa Baldwin
Reflection 6: (In)Visible: Photographing Older Women—Ruth Steinberg and Maureen Murphy

Poem IV: Lip Point for Bearded Women—waaseyaa’sin christine sy
Introduction to Part IV: Remembering—Laura Madokoro
Chapter 7: Activist Archiving and the Feminist Movement in Mexico: Collecting Art and Ephemera as Political Practice—Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda
Reflection 7: Activist Aging on and off the Airwaves: Reflections on the Community Radio Show Aging RadicallyMelissa Baldwin and Maddy Macnab
Chapter 8: Intergenerational Interventions: Archiving the Grandmothers Advocacy Network—Pat Evans, Sharon Swanson, May Chazan, and Melissa Baldwin
Reflection 8: Following Nan to the Kiji Sibi—Jenn Cole

Closing: Activist Theirstories and the Future of Aging Activisms—May Chazan, Melissa Baldwin, and Pat Evans
Contributor Biographies

May Chazan

May Chazan is a Canada Research Chair in Gender and Feminist Studies, and a faculty member in Gender and Women’s Studies at Trent University.

Melissa Baldwin

Melissa Baldwin is a graduate student at the Frost Centre for Canadian and Indigenous Studies at Trent University.

Pat Evans

Pat Evans is a recent post-chair of the Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN).

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