UBC Reports | Vol. 50 | No. 7 | Jul.
UBC Press Hot List for Cool Reads
By Hilary Thomson (with files from UBC Press)
UBC Press, established in 1971, is one of the largest university
presses in Canada and publishes more than 40 new books annually.
It is recognized by scholars as one of Canada’s foremost
publishers of political science, native studies and forestry
UBC Press staff have selected the following books to illustrate
the variety of disciplines they publish.
Canadian Democratic Audit Series
The result of a milestone research project of the Centre
for Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University, the Canadian
Democratic Audit series will comprise a series of nine volumes,
each examining a different aspect of Canadian democracy, and
a 10th that will provide an overview of the project. Expertly
designed to introduce undergraduates to the fundamentals of
Canada’s democratic institutions, this series will also
be of interest to scholars, policy-makers, journalists, politicians,
and the public.
The series includes: Elections by John C.
Courtney; Citizens by Elisabeth Gidengil,
André Blais, Neil Nevitte, and Richard Nadeau; Political
Parties by William Cross; Federalism by Jennifer
Smith; Advocacy Groups by Lisa Young and
Joanna Everitt; Legislatures by David Docherty;
Cabinets and First Ministers by Graham White;
Communications Technology by Darin Barney;
and The Courts by Ian Greene.
Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and
David R. Boyd
Law and Society series
Unnatural Law is the first book to critically
assess the effectiveness of Canadian environmental laws and
policies relative to a sustainable future. The evaluation
lays the groundwork for modifying existing laws and policies.
Saints, Sinners, and Soldiers: Canada’s Second World
Jeffrey A. Keshen
Studies in Canadian Military History series
The first-ever synthesis of both the patriotic and the problematic
in wartime Canada, Saints, Sinners, and Soldiers
shows how moral and social changes - and the fears they generated
- precipitated numerous, and often contradictory, legacies
in law and society. From labour conflicts to prostitution,
Keshen demonstrates that Canada’s Second World War,
known as the “Good War,” was actually a complex
tapestry of social forces.
Musqueam Reference Grammar
First Nations Language series
Drawing on a half-century of linguistic research, former
UBC faculty member Wayne Suttles documents an endangered First
Nations language. Suttles, an anthropologist, worked with
Musqueam elders to elicit traditional stories, personal narratives,
and ethnographic accounts to produce a comprehensive account
of this Salish language.
The Oriental Question: Consolidating a White Man’s
Patricia E. Roy
The sequel to her 1989 book, A White Man’s
Province: British Columbia Politicians and Chinese and Japanese
Immigrants, 1858-1914, UBC alumna Patricia E. Roy’s
latest book continues her examination of the opposition to
Asian immigration. Drawing on contemporary press and government
reports, as well as the correspondence and memoirs of individuals,
Roy shows how British Columbians consolidated a “white
man’s province” by securing a virtual end to Asian
immigration and restricting Asian competition in major industries.