Title Unsettling Activisms
Subtitle Critical Interventions on Aging, Gender, and Social Change
Author May Chazan, Melissa Baldwin, Patricia Evans
ISBN 9780889616035
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 290
Book size 171 X 248 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Canadian Scholars (Eurospan Group)
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“This book is a powerful read for its ability to not just simply state, but show how an intersectional framework actually works to capture those voices and identities previously made invisible or marginalized through the power structures of society. In each contribution, whether theoretical, analytical, prose, or image, each author superbly demonstrates the editors’ overall goals of broadening traditional, static concepts around activism to be more inclusive of older women’s political struggles, breaking down gender binaries to highlight more fluid identities, and decolonizing our gazes to privilege Indigenous voices.”

Cheryl Gosselin, Sociology Department, Bishop’s University


“In an era where recent political changes have led to a dramatic resurfacing of racism, sexism, and heteronormativism, and a dangerous backslide regarding human rights issues, this volume edited by Chazan, Baldwin, and Evans is more than just timely, it is critically important. The brilliant exploration of activism and aging, in many contexts and at many points in the life cycle, provides hope and inspiration for those of us who continue to struggle on the ground, at the front lines, or in the trenches. As mother and grandmother activists we feel this volume is a must read!”

Jeannette Corbiere-Lavell, Wikwemikong First Nation, activist and Member of the Order of Canada, and Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Wikwemikong First Nation, Director of the First Peoples House of Learning, Trent University


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.



Introduction: Amplifying Activisms (May Chazan)


Part I: Pluralizing

Poem I: Grandmother (waaseyaa’sin christine sy)

Introduction to Part I: Pluralizing (Carole Roy)

Chapter 1. Rethinking the Politics of (Grand)Mothering: Activisms and the Lifecourse (May Chazan, Melissa Baldwin, andJesse Wharfam)

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. Continuity and Change: A Personal Reflection on Activism across Time and Space
(Sadeqa Siddiqui)


Part II: Persisting

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 Professor (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: A Half Century of Walking with First Peoples (Jean Koning)


Part III: Embodying

Poem III: This Mouth (Niambi Leigh)

Introduction to Part Ill: Embodying (Sally Chivers)

Chapter 5. Strengthening Our Activisms by Creating Intersectional Spaces for the Personal, the Professional, Disability, and Aging
(Nadine Changfoot, Mary Anne Ansley, andAndrea Dodsvrorth)

Reflection 5. Words, Work, and Wonder: Poeting toward Midlife (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 (Maureen Murphy and Ruth Steinberg)


Part IV: Remembering

Poem IV: Lip Point for Bearded Womxn (waareyaa’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 the Airwaves: Radical Reflections on the Community Radio Show Aging Radically (Melissa 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 


About the Editors:

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

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

Target Audience:

The book 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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