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Department
Social Science
Course
SOSC 1502
Professor
Amar Wahab
Semester
Fall

Description
Rebelling against discourses of denial and destructionMainstream representations of Aboriginal women and violence resistance through the art of Rebecca Belmore and Shelley NiroBy Rachel Deutsch A thesis submitted in conformity with the requirementsfor the degree of Master of Social WorkGraduate Department of Social WorkUniversity of Toronto Copyright by Rachel Deutsch 2008Rachel Deutsch Rebelling against discourses of denial and destructionMainstream representations of Aboriginal women and violence resistance through the art of Rebecca Belmore and Shelley NiroConvocation 2008Master of Social Work Faculty of Social Work University of Toronto AbstractViolence against Native women in Canada is widespread and has deeply systemic and colonial roots This paper will attempt to show the role that dominant representations of culture race and gender have in allowing this violence to continue by eclipsing many different narratives and ways of expressing cultural and individual identitiesViolence in the mainstream media will be explored and analyzed drawing on concepts from critical theories Aboriginal epistemological frameworks and antiracist disability and Afrocentric feminisms to build a framework on which to analyze the meanings of the representations After exploring violent and colonial discourse the discussion will turn to art Self and cultural representation and expression by Native women can act as important forms of resistance to the tools of colonial oppression The artwork of Rebecca Belmore and Shelley Niro are powerful examples of addressing and exploring issues of identity culture resistance and survival for Aboriginal women iiRebelling against discourses of denial and destructionMainstream representations of Aboriginal women and violence resistance through the art of Rebecca Belmore and Shelley NiroAcknowledgementsp ivChapter 1 Introductionp 11Empathy as responsibility subjectivity and voice Approaching the theme of violence against Aboriginal women2Not new not over Violence against Aboriginal women and Canadas role3Colonialism and The Indian Act Legacies and consequences for Aboriginal women4 Approaching the research Where did I fit5Chapter overview and structure of the thesisChapter 2 Gender violence Indigenous knowledge and a framework for resistance Approaching the literature p 23 1Gender violence Stolen lands and stolen bodies 2Cultural representation and control3Indigenous identity knowledge and resistance4Summary of chapter and Research QuestionsChapter 3 Design and Methodology p 381Case studies2Discourse analysis image and art analysis using a phenomenological approach 3Risks and benefits Chapter 4 Mainstream violence discourses of violence and denialp 46 1 Constructed invisible and confusing Race and absence of race in mainstreammedia 2 Deviance and desexual violence 3 Im just a working guy The normalization of Pickton and violenceChapter 5 Becoming a rebel reclaiming identitiesp 65 1 Resisting violence missing women and creating space for stories2 Representing the self Aboriginal women making art3 Memory of women and violence in the work of Rebecca Belmore4 The rebel Mime memory and identity in the work of Shelley NiroChapter 6 Conclusionsp 1111Changing discourses and lessons learned2Social work discourse and artReferences p 118Acknowledgements iii
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