Moving beyond borders: A history of black Canadian and Caribbean women in the diaspora

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Moving Beyond Borders is the first book-length history of Black health care workers in Canada, delving into the experiences of thirty-five postwar-era nurses who were born in Canada or who immigrated from the Caribbean either through Britain or directly to Canada. Karen Flynn examines the shaping of these women's stories from their childhoods through to their roles as professionals and community activists. Flynn interweaves oral histories with archival sources to show how these women's lives were shaped by their experiences of migration, professional training, and family life. Theoretical analyses from postcolonial, gender, and diasporic Black Studies serve to highlight the multiple subjectivities operating within these women's lives. By presenting a collective biography of identity formation, Moving Beyond Borders reveals the extraordinary complexity of Black women's history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of Toronto press
Number of pages304
ISBN (Electronic)9781442685185
ISBN (Print)9781442609952
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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