Inuit Women is the definitive study of the Inuit during a time of rapid change. Written shortly after the creation of Nunavut, a new province carved out of traditional Inuit homelands in the Canadian North, this compelling book combines conclusions drawn from the authors' fourteen years of ethnographic research with the stories of Inuit women and men, told in their own words. Inuit Women also explores global issues: the impact of rapid social change and Canadian resettlement policy on Inuit culture; women's roles in society; and gender relations in Baffin Island, in the Eastern Arctic. Billson and Mancini also include an extensive section on how the newly created territory of Nunavut is impacting the lives of Inuit women and their families. This book stands alone in its attention to Inuit women's issues and lives and should be read by everyone interested in gender relations, development, modernization, globalization, and Inuit culture.
Janet Mancini Billson is director of Group Dimensions International in Barrington, Rhode Island, and adjunct professor of sociology at The George Washington University. Kyra Mancini is senior research associate for Group Dimensions International.
Part I: Introduction Chapter 1: "The People" Part II: Life Out on the Land Chapter 2: Traditional Roles: Gender and Survival Chapter 3: Traditional Power: A Delicate Balance Chapter 4: Traditional Socialization: Learning by Doing Part III: Metamorphosis Chapter 5: The Bad Times: Starvation Stalked the Land Chapter 6: Transforming Traditional Culture Part IV: Living on the Edge Chapter 7: Culture Shock and Marginality Chapter 8: The Impacts of Resettlement Chapter 9: Families Redefined Part V: Life in Town: The Changing Balance of Power Chapter 10: Contemporary Roles: The Female Advantage Chapter 11: Contemporary Power: A Reversal of Position Chapter 12: Contemporary Socialization: Passing on the Culture Part VI: The Bonds of Intimacy Chapter 13: Love and Living Together Chapter 14: Marriage and Divorce Part VII: The Challenges of Change Chapter 15: Violence against Women and Children: The Complexities of Power Part VIII: A New Century Emerges Chapter 16: The Promise and Price of Education Chapter 17: The Meaning of Work Part IX: The Road to Equality Chapter 18: Women's Rights and Political Participation Chapter 19: Nunavut: Defining a New Political Identity