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Abigail Bakan

Abigail Bakan

phone: 416-978-0400

Department: Social Justice Education

Research Overview

Abigail Bakan's research is in the area of anti-oppression politics, with a focus on intersections of gender, race, class, political economy and citizenship. She is currently engaged with several research projects: (i) a SSHRC-funded study of the United Nations as Knowledge Producer, with a focus on world conferences and declarations on women, racialized and Indigenous peoples (with Yasmeen Abu-Laban, University of Alberta); (ii) a study of socialist history and politics in Canada, with a focus on the theory and practice of self-emancipation (with M. Paul Kellogg, Athabasca University); (iii) theoretical essays on identity, difference and solidarity.

Representative Publications

Israel, Palestine and the politics of race

Israel, Palestine and the Politics of Race: Exploring Identity and Power in a Global Context. (with Yasmeen Abu-Laban). IB Tauris Press/Bloomsbury London, UK, 2020.

Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories, Co-editor (with Enakshi Dua), University of Toronto Press, 2014

Negotiating Citizenship: Migrant Women in Canada and the Global System (with Daiva K. Stasiulis), University of Toronto Press, 2005 (paperback edition); Palgrave-Macmillan, UK, 2003.

Critical Political Studies: Debates and Dialogues from the Left, Co-editor (with Eleanor MacDonald), McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2002.

Employment Equity Policy in Canada: An Interprovincial Comparison, (with Audrey Kobayashi), Status of Women Canada, 2000.

Not One of the Family: Foreign Domestic Workers in Canada, Co-editor (with Daiva Stasiulis), University of Toronto Press, 1997.

Imperial Power and Regional Trade: The Caribbean Basin Initiative, Co-editor (with David Cox and Colin Leys), Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1993.

Ideology and Class Conflict in Jamaica: The Politics of Rebellion, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1990.

“After 9/11: Canada, the Israel/Palestine Conflict, and the Surveillance of Public Discourse” (with Yasmeen Abu-Laban), Canadian Journal of Law and Society, vol. 27, no. 3, 2012, 319-340.

“Marxism, Feminism and Epistemological Dissonance”, Socialist Studies, Special Issue: Race, Class and Empire, vol.8, no.2 (Autumn 2012), 60-84.

“Israel/Palestine, South Africa and the ‘One-State Solution’: The Case for an Apartheid Analysis” (with Yasmeen Abu-Laban), Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, vol. 37, nos. 2-3 (December, 2010), 331-351.

“Palestinian Resistance and International Solidarity: The BDS Campaign” (with Yasmeen Abu-Laban), Race and Class (July-September, 2009), 29-54.

“The Racial Contract: Israel/Palestine and Canada” (with Yasmeen Abu-Laban) Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, vol. 14, no.5 (September, 2008), 637-660.

“Reconsidering the Underground Railroad: Slavery and Racialization in the Making of the Canadian State”, Socialist Studies, vol. 4, no.1 (Spring, 2008), 3-29.