Books published by McGill Queens Univ

Working People

McGill Queens Univ | December 13, 2018 | 416 pages
An updated edition of Morton's classic story of Canada's labour movement, with new discussions on how globalization effects nationally based workers' organizations.  More Info

How Ottawa Spends, 2014-2015

McGill Queens Univ | August 30, 2014 | 216 pages
A critical examination of the Harper Government in its eighth year in power as it faces the first serious electoral challenge by a reenergized Liberal Party.  More Info

Trojan-Horse Aid

McGill Queens Univ | November 1, 2014 | 352 pages
A frank account about Andean aid that asks development workers to leave their hubris and Western recipes at home.  More Info

Urban Aboriginal Policy Making in Canadian Municipalities

McGill Queens Univ | January 1, 2012 | 240 pages
"The majority of Aboriginal people in Canada - First Nations, Inuit, and Mâetis - live in urban areas. Public policy making concerning urban Aboriginal people is, however, complex, complicated by geographic variation, and varies greatly in both quality and quantity from municipality to... More Info

Brave New Canada

McGill Queens Univ | June 30, 2014 | 218 pages
A policy wake-up call for a complacent Canada.  More Info

Ideas, Concepts, and Reality

McGill Queens Univ | December 13, 2018 | 169 pages
An original exploration of the distinction between subjective ideas and objective concepts.  More Info

Psychiatry Disrupted

McGill Queens Univ | May 1, 2014 | 264 pages
A provocative argument against conventional study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of "mental illness."  More Info


McGill Queens Univ | December 13, 2018 | 313 pages
The transformation of conflict and post-conflict societies through transitional justice is recognized as vital to the process of peace-building. It is widely argued that 'reconciliation' is a key element of this process. This title presents a dialogue on the nature and realization of... More Info

Beyond the Indian Act

McGill Queens Univ | December 13, 2018 | 226 pages
While land claims made by Canada's aboriginal peoples continue to attract attention and controversy, there has been almost no discussion of the ways in which First Nations lands are managed and the property rights that have been in place since the Indian Act of 1876.Beyond the Indian Actlooks at... More Info

Fertile Ground

McGill Queens Univ | June 1, 2014 | 384 pages
Ideas of choice and rights traditionally dominate discussions concerning reproduction and gender politics. Fertile Ground argues that the current political climate in Canada necessitates a broader understanding of the links between the politics of reproduction, the state, and gender relations.... More Info

Counterfeit Crime

McGill Queens Univ | April 1, 2014 | 312 pages
A scathing critique of government policies on transnational crime and terror.  More Info

The Empire Within

McGill Queens Univ | March 25, 2010 | 303 pages
"This book has been published with the help of a grant from the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, through the Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme, using funds provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada." "McGill-Queen's University Press... More Info

Working Bodies

McGill Queens Univ | June 1, 2014 | 216 pages
While significant research has been produced in the field of disability studies, little attention has been paid to experiences of chronic illness. Working Bodies emphasizes the workplace as an important site for understanding such experiences, as employment status has an enormous impact on social... More Info

Speaking Out on Human Rights

McGill Queens Univ | April 1, 2014 | 320 pages
A critical analysis of the rhetoric about and reality surrounding Canada's most contested administrative agencies.  More Info

Rules and Unruliness

McGill Queens Univ | April 1, 2014 | 344 pages
A critical examination of Canadian regulatory governance and politics over the past fifty years, Rules and Unruliness builds on the theory and practice of rule-making to show why government "unruliness" - the inability to form rules and implement structures for compliance - is endemic and... More Info

Becoming Inummarik

McGill Queens Univ | April 1, 2014 | 432 pages
A critical look at how Inuit men balance traditional values and social circumstances to find their place in the contemporary Arctic.  More Info

Whatever Happened to the Music Teacher?

McGill Queens Univ | March 1, 2014 |
An insightful account of the forces that shape Ottawa's expenditure budget and the relations between politicians and public servants.  More Info


McGill Queens Univ | January 1, 2010 | 290 pages
Essays in honour of one of Canada's finest scholars of public policy.  More Info

Genuine Multiculturalism

McGill Queens Univ | December 1, 2013 | 496 pages
While many modern societies are noted for their diversity, the resulting challenge is to determine how citizens from different backgrounds and cultures can see themselves and each other as equals, and be treated equally. In Genuine Multiculturalism, Cecil Foster shows that a society's failure to... More Info

Sexual Diversity in Africa

McGill Queens Univ | October 1, 2013 | 296 pages
How does one address homophobia without threatening majority rule democracy and freedoms of speech and faith? How does one "Africanize" sexuality research, empirically and theoretically, in an environment that is not necessarily welcoming to African scholars? In Sexual Diversity in Africa,... More Info

How Ottawa Spends, 2013-2014

McGill Queens Univ | September 1, 2013 | 328 pages
The 2013-14 edition of How Ottawa Spends critically examines national politics, priorities, and policies with a close lens on Stephen Harper's Conservative party during the middle of their first term as a majority. Contributors from across Canada examine the federal government and its not uncommon... More Info

The Vitality of Contradiction

McGill Queens Univ | December 1, 2013 | 368 pages
In The Vitality of Contradiction, Bruce Gilbert provides an exposition of Hegel's political philosophy to establish not only that societies fail because of their contradictions, but also how the unsurpassable oppositions of social life cultivate freedom. He moves beyond Hegel's works to consider... More Info

Thinking With Water

McGill Queens Univ | October 1, 2013 | 304 pages
As a life-giving but also potentially destructive substance, water occupies a prominent place in the imagination. At the same time, water issues are among the most troubling ecological and social concerns of our time. Water is often studied only as a "resource," a quantifiable and instrumentalized... More Info

The Once and Future Great Lakes Country

McGill Queens Univ | October 1, 2013 | 504 pages
North America's Great Lakes country has experienced centuries of upheaval. Its landscapes are utterly changed from what they were five hundred years ago. The region's superabundant fish and wildlife and its magnificent forests and prairies astonished European newcomers who called it an earthly... More Info

The Politics of the Pantry

McGill Queens Univ | October 1, 2013 | 208 pages
"What's for dinner?" has always been a complicated question. The locavore movement has politicized food and challenged us to rethink the answer in new and radical ways. These days, questions about where our food comes from have moved beyond 100-mile-dieters into the mainstream. Celebrity chefs... More Info

The Edge of the Precipice

McGill Queens Univ | September 1, 2013 | 232 pages
Can a case be made for reading literature in the digital age? Does literature still matter in this era of instant information? Is it even possible to advocate for serious, sustained reading with all manner of social media distracting us, fragmenting our concentration, and demanding short, rapid... More Info

Regulating Screens

McGill Queens Univ | September 1, 2013 | 200 pages
The digital age has carried with it a tsunami of change. Children who have grown up with the delivery platforms that are a part of that change are now able to absorb more and more unregulated media on their own, often without any supervision. Bedroom computers, tablets, and smart phones provide... More Info

The Enigma of Perception

McGill Queens Univ | May 1, 2013 | 232 pages
An innovative exploration of how we acquire knowledge and the principle on which that theory depends.  More Info

Women's Work, Women's Art

McGill Queens Univ | April 1, 2013 | 376 pages
A richly illustrated study of the dress and adornment traditions of the Indigenous peoples of North America's western subarctic.  More Info

Wavelengths of Your Song

McGill Queens Univ | April 1, 2013 | 144 pages
Intuitive environmentalism from the Canadian North is carried forth into creative global adventuring.  More Info

To the Spring, by Night

McGill Queens Univ | March 1, 2013 | 176 pages
An evocation of childhood, a lost world, and a lost time.  More Info

An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People

McGill Queens Univ | August 18, 2011 | 456 pages
Canada’s Native people have inhabited this land since the Ice Age and were already accomplished traders, artisans, farmers and marine hunters when Europeans first reached their shores. Contact between Natives and European explorers and settlers initially presented an unprecedented period of... More Info

The Spirit Lives in the Mind

McGill Queens Univ Pr | February 9, 2007 | 224 pages
Louis Bird has spent the last three decades documenting Cree oral traditions and sharing his stories with audiences in Canada, the United States, and Europe. In The Spirit Lives in the Mind the renowned storyteller and historian of the Omushkego shares teachings and stories of the Swampy Cree... More Info

Global Shift

McGill Queens Univ | December 1, 2012 | 368 pages
A striking portrait of states in the non-Western world from the dismantling of European empires to their inclusion into a universe of global capitalism.  More Info


McGill Queens Univ Pr | May 1, 2008 | 273 pages
In the last thirty years bouncers have emerged as iconic gatekeepers of contemporary cool, exclusivity, and social capital in urban centres around the world. In this groundbreaking empirical study, Rigakos critiques the supposed liberating and expressive potential of nightclubs by theorizing them... More Info

The Sweet Sixteen

McGill Queens Univ | April 1, 2012 | 224 pages
How a train ride to the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904 revolutionized the journalism field for women.  More Info

Refugee sandwich

McGill Queens Univ Pr | March 31, 2006 | 235 pages
Although more than thirty thousand refugee claims are decided in Canada every year, the personal stories behind them are never heard by the Canadian public. Presenting thirteen stories that tell about Canada's refugee system, this book exposes the dilemmas and choices faced by participants in the... More Info

In Search of R. B. Bennett

McGill Queens Univ | May 17, 2012 | 364 pages
No Canadian prime minister has a legacy as uncertain as that of R.B. Bennett (1870–1947). Leader of the country during the worst years of the Great Depression, Bennett's fortune and ascension to the British House of Lords distanced him from the Canadian people during his lifetime, while his... More Info

Challenge for Change

McGill Queens Univ | February 1, 2010 | 574 pages
An examination of the radical politics and cinema of the legendary documentary film program devoted to social change.  More Info

Telling It to the Judge

McGill Queens Univ | November 1, 2011 | 224 pages
In 1973, the Supreme Court's historic Calder decision on the Nisga'a community's title suit in British Columbia launched the Native rights litigation era in Canada. Legal claims have raised questions with significant historical implications, such as, "What treaty rights have survived in various... More Info

Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada

McGill Queens Univ | March 28, 2012 | 512 pages
Comprised of essays, interviews, and personal reflections by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal musicians and scholars alike, the collection highlights themes of innovation, teaching and transmission, and cultural interaction. Individual chapters discuss musical genres ranging from popular styles... More Info

Omar Khadr, Oh Canada

McGill Queens Univ | May 28, 2012 | 400 pages
In Omar Khadr, Oh Canada, over thirty contributors analyze Khadr's background, his incarceration, the actions of Canadian authorities, and the implications raised by his legal case. This multi-genre book includes essays, articles, poems, a play, extended excerpts from the documentary film You Don't... More Info

Mediating Moms

McGill Queens Univ | May 28, 2012 | 416 pages
Mediating Moms looks at mothers as imaged by and in the media; how mothers mediate or negotiate these images according to their historical, corporeal, and lived personhoods; and how scholars mediate the popular and academic discourses of motherhood as a way of registering, strengthening, and... More Info

How Ottawa Spends, 2011-2012

McGill Queens Univ | August 1, 2011 | 329 pages
Continuing its tradition of timely and exemplary scholarship, the 2011–2012 edition of How Ottawa Spendsexamines national politics, priorities, and policies, with an emphasis on the austerity measures and budget-cutting strategy of the Harper Conservative government; it also includes an analysis... More Info

The Woman Who Mapped Labrador

McGill Queens Univ | May 28, 2012 | 544 pages
The definitive Hubbard, combining her previously unpublished diary, a full biography, and new maps that break down her daring canoe trip day by day.  More Info

No Easy Fix

McGill Queens Univ | May 28, 2012 | 400 pages
While UN-sponsored international criminal courts have been successful in obliging leaders to accept responsibility for their actions during bitter internal wars, Marchak argues that they may not be the best means of bringing truth and reconciliation to survivors. Based on the principle of... More Info

Warriors of the Plains

McGill Queens Univ | February 28, 2012 | 160 pages
Warriors of the Plains skilfully interweaves a survey of North American Plains Indian history with a generously detailed examination of Plains Indian warrior art - weapons, amulets, clothing, and ceremonial objects - with particular emphasis on their ritual use and symbolic meanings. Replete with... More Info

Canada Among Nations, 2011-2012

McGill Queens Univ | January 28, 2012 | 224 pages
In the decade following the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, economic and political relations between Canada and Mexico have expanded significantly. Today, Canada and Mexico are each other's third largest trading partners and, outside of the United States, Mexico is the second... More Info

Chee Chee

McGill Queens University Press | June 1, 2010 | 208 pages
Benjamin Chee Chee lived with anger and frustration for more than thirty years before he took his own life. An Ojibway artist who killed himself just as he was beginning to gain international recognition, Chee Chee is one of the thousands of aboriginal peoples in Canada who have commited suicide.... More Info


McGill Queens Univ | March 28, 2012 | 192 pages
Covering a wide variety of topics, Moralism takes on such salient issues as the nearly impossible demands of stringent morality, the conflict between morals and other values, and the contrast between the practice of moral philosophy and other modes of moral thought and reflection. In connecting his... More Info