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- The Ottawa shootings and "the race to innocence"There's this phrase that scholar Sherene Razack has used that I've been thinking about: "the race to innocence." I've been thinking about it as I've watched the reactions to the shootings in Ottawa unfold. By this phrase, she means "a belief that we are uninvolved in subordinating others" (Looking White People in the E
- Review: A Field Guide to Getting Lost[Rebecca Solnit. A Field Guide to Getting Lost. New York: Penguin Books, 2005.] Before I talk about this book, I want to talk a little bit more than I usually do about why and how I read it. So. A couple of years ago, I published two books of history starting from differently situated stories of long-time activists. These stories were contextualized in ways
- Review: The Winter We Danced[The Kino-nda-niimi Collective. The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement. Winnipeg MB: ARP Books, 2014.] I'm not sure I have a lot to say about this important book beyond giving it an emphatic thumbs-up. It is a collection of dozens of short pieces by dozens of authors, most of which were written during and s
- Review: Therapeutic Nations[Dian Million. Therapeutic Nations: Healing in an Age of Indigenous Human Rights. Tuscon AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2013.] This fascinating book brings together indigenous feminism, Foucault, and affect theory. As book-as-object it may not be the most easily accessible in the world -- it's from a US-based university press that I personally haven
- Community Radio Resurgent in SudburyThe following is my latest piece of grassroots journalism for the Sudbury working-group of The Media Co-op. Check out the full story here. There was a period in the not too distant past when Sudburians could be forgiven for not realizing that the city has a community- and campus-focused radio station. But CKLU 96.7 FM has overcome the technical challenges th
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Category Archives: Other Writing by Scott
(Published at Rabble.ca on March 29, 2012.) Exile and Pride (Classics Edition): Disability, Queerness, and Liberation by Eli Clare (South End Press, 2009; $19.99) I often feel that describing the pieces that I write in response to books as “reviews” … Continue reading
(Published at Left Eye On Books on September 27, 2011.) The best part of “Earth Into Property: Colonization, Decolonization, and Capitalism,” the second and final entry in Globalization Studies professor Anthony Hall’s “The Bowl with One Spoon” project, is his … Continue reading
(Published at Left Eye On Books on May 20, 2011.) Few features of the political culture here in Canada are more likely to set my teeth on edge than the devotion not only of the right and center but of … Continue reading
(Published at New Socialist Webzine on April 18, 2011.) We hear a lot these days about the need for cuts to public spending, for saving money. The use of this rhetoric to cover massive changes in how our lives and … Continue reading
(Published at XYOnline on January 7, 2011.) I was recently puzzling over why I was having such difficulty doing a particular piece of writing. Everything I tried felt a little off key, a little false, and I couldn’t understand it. … Continue reading
(Published in Linchpin in December 2010.) “If your Mom didn’t take care of you [when you were a child], would you be able to go to work?” Those are the words of trade union activist, graduate student, and single mother … Continue reading
(Published in The Bullet: Socialist Project E-bulletin on October 3, 2010.) The 150 members of Unit 2 of Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 677 have been on strike since August 16. The office, technical, and administrative workers at … Continue reading