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The Future of Canadian Political Science: Boundary Transgressions, Gender and Anti-Oppression Frameworks

  • Nisha Nath (a1), Ethel Tungohan (a2) and Megan Gaucher (a3)

In light of the Canadian Journal of Political Science (CJPS) self-reflexive “50th Anniversary” issue on the state of Canadian political science (CPS), this article maps the discipline's engagement with intersectional anti-oppression scholarship. Analyzing abstracts in CJPS and the Canadian Political Science Review, we argue while these journals—and mainstream CPS more generally—tackle questions of diversity, there remains a gap between conversations recognized in these particular forums and the incorporation of what we term an intersectional anti-oppression lens. In its deconstruction of systems of power and privilege, we explore analytic and pedagogical possibilities this lens presents for mainstream CPS.

En considération du numéro célébrant le « 50e anniversaire » du Revue canadienne de science politique (RCSP) consacré à l'état de la science politique canadienne (SCP), cet article décrit l'engagement de la discipline dans la recherche anti-oppression intersectionnelle. En analysant les résumés parus dans RCSP et la Canadian Political Science Review, nous soutenons que, bien que ces revues - et le courant dominant de la SCP plus généralement - abordent les questions de diversité, il subsiste un écart entre les conversations reconnues dans ces forums particuliers et l'intégration de ce que nous appelons une optique anti-oppression intersectionnelle. Dans sa déconstruction des systèmes de pouvoir et de privilège, nous explorons les possibilités analytiques et pédagogiques que cette optique présente pour la SCP dominante.

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Department of Political Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB, T6G2H4, email:
Department of Politics, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto ON, M3J 1P3, email:
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The authors would like to thank Yasmeen Abu-Laban and David McNally for their support.

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