Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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189 pages
6 x 9 inches
March 2004
Print ISBN: 9781551302720


This book uses gendered stories of displacement and re-settlement to interrogate our understanding of social suffering and justice. Parin Dossa, an anthropologist, argues that systemic inequity and exclusionary practices impact the health and well-being of marginalized people.

Using narrative accounts of Canadian Iranian women, this book links individual experiences of migration to social and political factors. Dossa challenges conventional thinking that interprets social suffering in terms of personal stake and individual accountability. She questions the ways in which racialized and gendered inequality in Canada are perceived as cultural differences instead of social oppression.

Yet this book is far from a laundry list of social determinants of migration and health. Dossa's illustrative stories are linked to a poetics of migration that shows the remaking of a world with a more informed sense of social justice. A pioneering study on migration and storytelling, this book is an important contribution to medical anthropology, migration and gender studies.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction: Epistemology and Methodology

Chapter 2: Authored and Unauthored Texts

Chapter 3: Being a Refugee in Canada: Sultan's Story

Chapter 4: Looking for Work: Nadia's Story

Chapter 5: Between Speech and Silence: Sahra's Story

Chapter 6: On Social Suffering: Fatima's Story

Conclusion: Re-imagining Mental Health and Well-being




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