Books published by UBC Press

Red Light Labour

UBC Press | September 1, 2018 | 336 pages
In 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in Canada v Bedford that key prostitution laws were unconstitutional. Red Light Labour addresses the new legal regime regulating sex work by analyzing how laws and those who uphold them have constructed, controlled, and criminalized sex workers, their... More Info

A Family Matter

UBC Press | November 1, 2018 | 244 pages
What is family? Citing national security and societal welfare, the Harper government adopted a strict definition of family to limit access to citizenship for certain immigrants.  More Info

Islam in the Hinterlands

UBC Press | March 18, 2013 | 325 pages
Muslim communities have become increasingly salient in the social, cultural, and political landscape in Canada largely due to theaftermath of 9/11 and the racial politics of the ongoing "war onterror" that have cast Muslims as the new "enemywithin." Featuring some of Canada's top Muslim... More Info

Sovereignty and Command in Canada-Us Continental Air Defence, 1940-57

UBC Press | May 1, 2018 | 272 pages
The 1940 Ogdensburg Agreement entrenched a formal defence relationship between Canada and the United States - but was Canadian sovereignty upheld? Sovereignty and Command in Canada-US Continental Air Defence, 1940-57 combines historical narrative with conceptual analysis of sovereignty, command and... More Info

Breaching the Peace

UBC Press | May 1, 2018 | 232 pages
Breaching the Peace tells the story of the ordinary citizens who are standing up to the most expensive megaproject in BC history and the government-sanctioned bullying that has propelled it forward. Starting in 2013, journalist Sarah Cox travelled to the Peace River Valley to talk to locals about... More Info

We Interrupt This Program

UBC Press | June 1, 2018 | 220 pages
"We Interrupt This Program tells the story of how Indigenous people are using media tactics in the realms of art, film, television, and journalism to rewrite Canada's national narratives from Indigenous perspectives.  More Info

Unions in Court

UBC Press | October 1, 2017 | 280 pages
"Since the turn of the twenty-first century, Canadian unions have scored a number of important Supreme Court victories, securing constitutional rights to picket, bargain collectively, and strike. But how did the labour movement, historically hostile to judicial intervention in labour relations,... More Info

Health Advocacy, Inc.

UBC Press | June 1, 2017 | 288 pages
Health activist, scholar, award-winning journalist, and cancer survivor Sharon Batt investigates the relationship between patient advocacy groups and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the contentious role of pharma funding. Over the past several decades, a gradual reduction in state funding... More Info

A Queer Love Story

UBC Press | May 1, 2017 | 650 pages
A Queer Love Story presents the first fifteen years of letters between Jane Rule ? novelist and the first widely recognized ?public lesbian? in North America ? and Rick B?bout, journalist and editor with the Toronto-based Body Politic, an important incubator of LGBT thought and activism. Rule lived... More Info

Everyday Exposure

UBC Press | April 1, 2017 | 280 pages
Surrounded by Canada’s densest concentration of chemical manufacturing plants, members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation express concern about a declining male birth rate and high incidences of miscarriage, asthma, cancer, and cardiovascular illness. Everyday Exposure uncovers the systemic... More Info

Shaped by the West Wind

UBC Press | December 13, 2018 | 282 pages
"Claire Campbell draws from recent work in cultural history, landscape studies in geography and art history, and environmental history to explore what happens when external agendas confront local realities - a story central to the Canadian experience. Explorers, fishers, artists, and park planners... More Info

Sister Soldiers of the Great War

UBC Press | October 1, 2016 | 336 pages
In Sisters Soldiers of the Great War, award-winning author Cynthia Toman recovers the long-lost history of Canada's first women soldiers – nursing sisters who enlisted as officers with the Canadian Army Medical Corps. The nursing sisters had a mandate to salvage as many sick and wounded men as... More Info

Making Native Space

UBC Press | December 13, 2018 | 415 pages
Cole Harris analyses the impact of reserves on Native lives and livelihoods and considers how, in the light of this, the Native land question might be resolved. The account begins in the colonial office in the 1830s and then follows Native land policy to the formal transfer of reserves in 1938.  More Info

Unwanted Warriors

UBC Press | May 2, 2016 | 256 pages
Unwanted Warriors uncovers the history of Canada's first casualties of the Great War - men who tried to enlist but were deemed "unfit for service." What impact did military exclusion have on these men? Nic Clarke looks for answers in the service files of 3,400 rejected volunteers and explores the... More Info

The Call of the World

UBC Press | April 1, 2016 | 456 pages
Bill Graham – Canada's minister of foreign affairs and minister of defense during the tumultuous years following 9/11 – takes us on a personal journey from his Vancouver childhood to important, behind-the-scenes moments in recent global history. With candour and wit, he recounts meetings with... More Info

Far Off Metal River

UBC Press | February 1, 2016 | 296 pages
Drawing on Samuel Hearne's gruesome account of an alleged massacre at Bloody Falls in 1771, Emilie Cameron reveals how Qablunaat (non-Inuit, non-Indigenous people) have used stories about the Arctic for over two centuries as a tool to justify ongoing colonization and economic exploitation of the... More Info

Parties, Candidates, and Constituency Campaigns in Canadian Elections

UBC Press | December 13, 1999 | 245 pages
This important contribution to the study of Canadian electionsforcefully argues that knowledge of the dynamics at the local level isessential to a full understanding of Canadian polity, its underlyingsocial basis, and the factors that determine successful electioncampaigns. As such, Parties,... More Info

From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation

UBC Press | October 1, 2015 | 336 pages
Canada is a country founded on relationships and treaties between Indigenous people and newcomers. Although recent court cases have strengthened Aboriginal rights, the cooperative spirit of the treaties is being lost as Canadians engage in endless arguments about First Nations "issues." Greg... More Info

Big Tent Politics

UBC Press | September 1, 2015 | 160 pages
The Liberal Party of Canada is one of the most successful parties in the democratic world. It dominated Canadian politics for a century, practising an inclusive style of "big tent" politics that enabled it to fend off opponents on both the left and right. This book traces the record of the party,... More Info

Putting the State on Trial

UBC Press | June 15, 2015 | 396 pages
When the G20 Summit was held in Toronto in 2010, people were shocked to see Canadian police officers acting in ways that appeared foreign and frightening. The riot gear, surveillance, mass arrests, and physical abuse of citizens were all indicative of an out-of-control policing operation. The... More Info

Acquired Tastes

UBC Press | May 1, 2015 | 256 pages
Magazine articles and self-improvement books tell us that our food choices serve as bold statements about who we are as individuals. Acquired Tastes reveals that they say more about where we come from and who we would like to be. Interviews with Canadian families in both rural and urban settings... More Info

Segmented Cities?

UBC Press | July 1, 2014 | 328 pages
Across the globe, more and more people now live in cities, be it through the movement of domestic populations from hinterlands or via international migration. This book offers answers to one of the most pressing questions of our day: Is globalization drawing urban populations together or tearing... More Info

Secular States and Religious Diversity

UBC Press | July 1, 2014 | 348 pages
Nation-states have seen the rise of religious pluralism within their borders, brought about by global migration and the challenge of radical religious movements. This book explores the meaning of secularism and religious freedom in these new contexts. The contributors chart the impact of... More Info

Property, Territory, Globalization

UBC Press | January 1, 2012 | 288 pages
In a world of flux, as old territorial borders dissolve and new nationscome together, who controls ideas, information, and creativity? Whopatrols the new frontiers? This volume opens a window to the dark sideof globalization and the struggles for autonomy it has generated --from forest disputes to... More Info

Cultural Autonomy

UBC Press | December 13, 2018 | 336 pages
In recent years, globalization has challenged concepts such as local culture and cultural autonomy. And the rampant commodification of cultural products that has accompanied the global turn has called into question the way we define culture itself. Have these developments transformed the... More Info

Unsettled Legitimacy

UBC Press | June 1, 2010 | 408 pages
The contributors explore the disruptions and reconfigurations of political authority that accompany globalization. Arguing that we live in an era in which political legitimacy at multiple scales of authority is under strain, they show that globalization has also created demands for regulation,... More Info

Renegotiating Community

UBC Press | January 1, 2009 | 312 pages
This collaborative, interdisciplinary study reframes debates about community, globalization, and autonomy by analyzing the multiple ways in which communities are renegotiating their autonomy under conditions of globalization. Both as a concept and a set of social relationships, community is central... More Info

French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest

UBC Press | January 1, 2015 | 472 pages
Jean Barman rewrites the history of the Pacific Northwest from the perspective of French Canadians involved in the fur economy, the indigenous women whose presence in their lives encouraged them to stay, and their descendants. For half a century, French Canadians were the region's largest group of... More Info

Food Will Win the War

UBC Press | January 1, 2015 | 284 pages
During the Second World War, as Canada struggled to provide its allies with food, public health officials warned that malnutrition could derail the war effort. Posters admonished Canadians to "Eat Right" because "Canada Needs You Strong" while cookbooks helped housewives become "housoldiers"... More Info

Reviving Social Democracy

UBC Press | January 31, 2015 | 304 pages
In 2011, Canada's New Democratic Party stunned voters with its breakthrough emergence as Canada's Official Opposition. After near collapse in the 1993 election, how did this distant third-comer manage to triple the seats won by its Liberal rivals and take more than three-quarters of Quebec ridings?  More Info

Finding Dahshaa

UBC Press | February 15, 2010 | 192 pages
Just as dahshaa -- a rare type of dried, rotted spruce wood -- is essential to the Dene moosehide-tanning process, self-determination and the alleviation of social suffering are necessary to Indigenous survival in the Northwest Territories.  More Info

Healing Traditions

UBC Press | December 13, 2018 | 503 pages
Aboriginal peoples in Canada have diverse cultures but share common social and political challenges that have contributed to their experiences of health and illness. This collection addresses the origins of mental health and social problems and the emergence of culturally responsive approaches to... More Info

Welcome to Resisterville

UBC Press | November 1, 2014 | 200 pages
Between 1965 and 1975, thousands of American migrants traded their established lives for a new beginning in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. Some were non-violent resisters who opposed the war in Vietnam. But a larger group was inspired by the ideals of the 1960s counterculture and,... More Info

Critical Criminology in Canada

UBC Press | June 1, 2011 | 319 pages
This book presents the work of a new generation of criticalcriminologists who explore the geographical, institutional, andpolitical contexts of the discipline in Canada. Breaking away frommainstream criminology and law-and-order discourses, the authors offera spectrum of theoretical approaches to... More Info

Social Policy and the Ethic of Care

UBC Press | July 1, 2005 | 178 pages
Social Policy and the Ethic of Care bridges the gap betweentheoretical and public policy analysis in revealing why Canadian socialpolicy is lacking and how it could be made more effective and robust bythe inclusion of an ethic of care. This interdisciplinary text isessential reading for scholars... More Info

Between Consenting Peoples

UBC Press | June 1, 2011 | 280 pages
Consent has long been used to establish the legitimacy of society. But when one asks -- who consented? how? to what type of community? -- consent becomes very elusive, more myth than reality. In Between Consenting Peoples, leading scholars in legal and political theory examine the different ways in... More Info

Indigenous in the City

UBC Press | January 1, 2014 | 428 pages
Research on Indigenous issues rarely focuses on life in major metropolitan centres. Instead, there is a tendency to frame rural locations as emblematic of authentic or "real" Indigeneity. While such a perspective may support Indigenous struggles for territory and recognition, it fails to account... More Info

Living Indigenous Leadership

UBC Press | July 1, 2013 | 256 pages
Indigenous scholars strive to produce research to improve Native communities in meaningful ways. They also recognize that long-lasting change depends on effective leadership. This collection showcases innovative research and leadership practices from diverse nations and tribes in Canada, the United... More Info

Where Happiness Dwells

UBC Press | July 1, 2013 | 420 pages
The Dane-zaa people have lived in BC's Peace River area for thousands of years. Elders documented their peoples' history and worldview, passing them on through storytelling. Language loss, however, threatens to break the bonds of knowledge transmission. At the request of the Doig River First... More Info

Native Writers and Canadian Writing

UBC Press | January 1, 1990 | 306 pages
Native Writers and Canadian Writing is a co-publication withCanadian Literature -- Canada's foremost literary journal-- of a special double issue which focuses on literature by and aboutCanada's Native peoples and contains original articles and poems byboth Native and non-Native writers.  More Info

Standing Up With Ga'axsta'las

UBC Press | July 1, 2013 | 596 pages
Standing Up with Ga’axsta’las tellsthe remarkable story of Jane Constance Cook (1870-1951), acontroversial Kwakwaka’wakw leader and activist wholived during a period of enormous colonial upheaval. Workingcollaboratively, Robertson and Cook’s descendants draw on oralhistories and textual... More Info

An Environmental History of Canada

UBC Press | July 25, 2012 | 339 pages
Throughout history most people have associated northern North America with wilderness – with abundant fish and game, snow-capped mountains, and endless forest and prairie. Canada’s contemporary picture gallery, however, contains more disturbing images – deforested mountains, empty fisheries,... More Info

Brokering Access

UBC Press | January 1, 2013 | 400 pages
Is the business of public officials any of the public'sbusiness? Most Canadians would argue that it is - that wecitizens are entitled to enquire and get answers about ourgovernment's actions. Access to information (ATI) is widelyregarded as a fundamental right, consistent with the notion that... More Info

Fractured Homeland

UBC Press | January 1, 2013 | 344 pages
In 1992, the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, the only federallyrecognized Algonquin reserve in Ontario, launched a comprehensive landclaim. The claim drew attention to the reality that two-thirds ofAlgonquins in Canada have never been recognized as Indian, and havetherefore had to struggle to reassert... More Info

Health and Sustainability in the Canadian Food System

UBC Press | January 1, 2013 | 308 pages
Members of civil society organizations are among the most vociferouscritics of the modern food system and its crippling effect on thewell-being of people and the environment. Yet even after decades ofcampaigns, governments have failed to address health and sustainabilityissues in a systematic and... More Info


By Umeek
UBC Press | February 28, 2005 | 146 pages
In Tsawalk, hereditary chief Umeek develops a theory of “Tsawalk,” meaning “one,” that views the nature of existence as an integrated and orderly whole, and thereby recognizes the intrinsic relationship between the physical and spiritual. Umeek demonstrates how Tsawalk provides a viable... More Info

Ways of Knowing

UBC Press | November 1, 1998 | 368 pages
The creative world of a northern Native community is revealed in this innovative book. Once semi-nomadic hunters and gatherers, the Dene Tha of northern Canada today live in government-built homes in the settlement of Chateh. Their lives are a distinct blend of old and new, in which more... More Info

Every Inch a Woman

UBC Press | July 30, 2006 | 204 pages
What makes the textual image of a woman with a penis so compelling, malleable, and persistent? The phallic woman can be a ribald joke, a fantastical impossibility, a masculine usurper, an ultimately unthreatening sexual style, an interrogation into the I of the author, or an examination of female... More Info

The Many Voyages of Arthur Wellington Clah

UBC Press | January 1, 2012 | 306 pages
First-hand accounts of indigenous people’s encounters with colonialism are rare. A daily diary that extends over fifty years is unparalleled. Based on a transcription of Arthur Wellington Clah’s diaries, this book offers a riveting account of a Tsimshian man who moved in both colonial and... More Info

Transforming Law's Family

UBC Press | January 1, 2012 | 232 pages
In the past few decades, gays and lesbians, along with their families, have become more visible members of Canadian society, enjoying increasing levels of legal recognition. InTransforming Law's Family,Fiona Kelly explores the complex issues encountered by planned lesbian families as they work to... More Info