Significance of White Supremacy in the Canadian Metropolis of Toronto

Author: Darden, Joe
Year:2004
Pages:540
ISBN:0-7734-6549-9
978-0-7734-6549-7
Price:299.95
Provides an assessment of how people of color in the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area have been set apart from the white Canadian majority. The book clearly demonstrates that the spatial and social distance of people of color from the white Canadian majority has varied. Such variation, resulting from ideology and the differential incorporation of people of color (most of whom are immigrants), has resulted in spatial stratification and differential racial inequality in the housing and labor markets. It is the most comprehensive work on the status of people of color in Toronto. urban planning.

Reviews

“…a treasure trove of information about the many race-ethnic groups that comprise the population of metropolitan Toronto. It is written in a clear, crisp style, the statistics are well explained, and it is accessible to all readers. The bulk of the book is the chapters about each of the groups: Chinese, South Asians, Blacks, Filipinos. Arab/West Asians, Latin Americans, Southeast Asians (Vietnamese), Koreans and Japanese, and Aboriginals….Though the disadvantages of the various peoples of color in terms of employment, homeownership, and neighborhood quality are well documented, the real contribution of the book comes from the first two and last three chapters. The nuanced discussion of white supremacy and its application to the residential context is novel and well done. Likewise, the detailed documentation of employment discrimination and housing discrimination defy quick summary here but are well worth reading….This book should be read by all those interested in the experiences of the Canadian metropolis of Toronto. But it also is important reading for those who are studying the processes of immigration, acculturation, and race/ethnic disparities in other developed countries, particularly the U.S.” – Dr. Nancy A. Denton, Associate Professor of Sociology, SUNY Albany

“It is a study that will contribute to immigration studies, race, and public policy in international perspective….draws upon a wealth of quantitative data supplemented by substantial qualitative accounts… and various legislative measures like the Canadian Human Rights Act…..Unlike many other studies of Asian immigration which mainly acknowledge differences between the Chinese, Japanese, and to some extent South Asians, this study unravels the experiences of a variety of so-called Asian groups (including Southeast Asians, Filipinos, Arab-West Asians and Koreans)….As such, the study offers a comprehensive view of immigration, ethnicity and race in Canadian society and promises to lay the groundwork for future research on the subject.” – Joe William Trotter, Mellon Professor and History Department Head, Director, Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE), Carnegie Mellon University

"In my opinion, this book is very timely and, although admittedly polem ical in its argument, it is based upon a considerable body of research. Given the complexity of the forces at play—the complex relationships between race and ethnicity, and immigration and social inequality in our culturally diverse cities—this book bridges a major gap in the social sciences litera ture by advancing our knowledge and understanding of the importance of race as a major barrier to equal treatment in Toronto's housing and labour markets. This study also provides a useful comparative discussion of the experiences of various visible minority groups in Toronto, and thus adds new elements to the debates on race, ethnicity, immigration, and social in equality in the Canadian context. Although further research on this topic is necessary, this challenging book will contribute to critical thinking about these important issues."Prof. Carlos Teixeira University of British Columbia, Okanaganfor the Journal of International Migration and Integration

"This book is very timely." - Journal of International Migration and Integration

Table of Contents

Table of Contents (main headings):
Preface by James Jennings
1. Toronto: Ideology and the Shaping of a Metropolis
2. Immigration and People of Color (Impact of a Racist Immigration Policy, pre-1962; Organized Opposition against Racist Canadian Immigration Policy; Changes in Canadian Immigration Policy – from Racial Bias to Class Bias Criteria)
3. Residential Segregation and Racial Inequality (Demographic and Socioeconomics Characteristics; Spatial Distribution; Residential Segregation; Homeownership, Employment, Unemployment rates) – The Chinese
4. Residential Segregation and Racial Inequality – South Asians
5. Residential Segregation and Racial Inequality – Blacks
6. Residential Segregation and Racial Inequality – Filipinos
7. Residential Segregation and Racial Inequality – Arab/West Asians
8. Residential Segregation and Racial Inequality – Latin Americans
9. Residential Segregation and Racial Inequality – Southeast Asians (Vietnamese)
10. Residential Segregation and Racial Inequality – Koreans and the Japanese
11. Residential Segregation and Racial Inequality – The Aboriginals
12. Racial Discrimination in Employment (Direct Discrimination; Adverse Effect Discrimination; Addressing Discrimination; Complaints; Evolving Perspectives; Legal Protection; Selected Cases; Difficulty of Proving Racial Discrimination; Past Studies; Defining Visible Minorities; Employment Equity in Ontario; Repeal of Employment Equity Act; Ontario Equal Opportunity Plan; Employment Equity in the New City of Toronto)
13. Racial Discrimination in Housing (Before and After the Ontario Human Rights Code; Detecting Housing-Related Discrimination; Fair Housing Audit Method)
14. Conclusions: Differential Residential Segregation and Racial Inequality: Implications for Anti-discrimination and Equity Policies (Neighborhood Socioeconomic Inequality; Spatial distribution across Socioeconomic Classes Neighborhoods; Homeownership; Employment; Unemployment Rates; Policy Implications for Employment and Housing)
Bibliography; Index