I started reading what I am sure will be a fascinating book by Carl James, a professor at York University in Toronto. It’s the fourth edition of Seeing Ourselves: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Culture. The book is an accessible discussion of how people and society mutually encourage views of race/culture/ethnicity in Canada. Throughout the book, James offers a wealth of information from students from a wide variety of backgrounds, including essays, comments, critiques, and reflections. This “on-the-ground” information allows him to construct an exploration that is grounded in the real lives of real people and invites readers to witness how others have opened their eyes to the realities of how race/culture/ethnicity are constructed in their contexts.
As I make my way through the book, I’ll be posting quotations and short excerpts, so be sure to check back if you want some more information about this important resource.