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Sedef Arat-Koc


Sedef Arat-Koç is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, at Ryerson University . She received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her Ph.D. thesis is entitled Peasants, Hegemony and the Politics of “Normal Times”: The Cases of the Republican Peoples’ Party and the Democrat Party, Turkey. She also holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Arts from Bogazici Üniversitesi (Turkey).

Publications include:

“New Whiteness(es), Beyond the Colour Line? Assessing the Contradictions and Complexities of ‘Whiteness’ in the (Geo)Political Economy of Capitalist Globalism.” In States of Race: Critical Race Feminism for the 21st Century, ed. Sherene Razack, Malinda Smith and Sunera Thobani, 147-168.

Caregivers Break the Silence. A Participatory Action Research on the Abuse and Violence, Including the Impact of Family Separation Experienced by Women in the Live-in Caregiver Program. Toronto: INTERCEDE, 2001.

“Neoliberalism, State Restructuring and Immigration: Changes in Canadian Policies in the 1990s.” Journal of Canadian Studies 34:2 (1999): 31-56.

“Gender and Race in ‘Non-Discriminatory’ Immigration Policies in Canada: 1960s to the Present.” In Scratching the Surface: Canadian Anti-Racist Feminist Thought, ed. Enakshi Dua and Angela Robertson, 207-233. Toronto: Women's Press, 1999.

“NAC's Response to the Immigration Legislative Review Report ‘Not Just Numbers: A Canadian Framework for Future Immigration’.” In Canadian Woman Studies, Special Issue on Immigrant and Refugee Women 19:3 (Fall 1999): 18-23.

“‘Good Enough to Work but Not Good Enough to Stay’: Foreign Domestic Workers and the Law.” In Locating Law: Race/Class/Gender Connections, ed. Elizabeth Comack, 125-151. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 1999.

“From ‘Mothers of the Nation’ to Migrant Workers: Immigration Policies and Domestic Workers in Canadian History.” In Not one of the Family: Foreign Domestic Workers in Canada, ed. Abbie Bakan and Daiva Stasiulis, 53-79. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.

Maid in the Market: Women's Paid Domestic Labour (co-edited with Wenona Giles). Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 1994.

“Immigration Policies, Migrant Domestic Workers and the Definition of Citizenship in Canada.” In Deconstructing a Nation: Immigration, Multiculturalism and Racism in 90's Canada, ed. Vic Satzewich, 229-242. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 1992. Reprinted in Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women’s History, 3rd ed., ed. Veronica Strong-Boag and Anita Clair Fellman, 283-298. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Looking Through the Kitchen Window: The Politics of Home and Family, 2nd ed. (with Meg Luxton and Harriet Rosenberg). Toronto: Garamond Press, 1990.

“In the Privacy of Our Own Home: Foreign Domestic Workers as Solution to the Crisis of the Domestic Sphere in Canada.” Studies in Political Economy 28 (Spring 1989): 33-58. Reprinted in: Feminism in Action: Studies in Political Economy, ed. M. Patricia Connely and Pat Armstrong, 149-174. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 1992. Revised and Updated Version Published as: “Politics of the Family and Politics of Immigration in the Subordination of Domestic Workers in Canada.” In Family Patterns and Gender Relations, 2nd ed., ed. Bonnie Fox, 352-374. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2001. Revised and updated version reprinted in Gender in the 1990s, ed. E. D. Nelson and B. W. Robinson, 413-442. Nelson Canada, 1995.





Economic sectors

Occupations in services - Domestic work

Regulation domains

Right to change employer, Right to choose place of residence, Right to unionize, Labour standards, Health and safety at work, Newcomers integration programs, Health care & social services, Access to permanent status, Family reunification, Recrutement / placement agencies, Housing standards, Right to equality (gender), Right to equality (national origin), Right to liberty, Right to dignity, and Right to privacy

Geographical focuses

Canada, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Other provinces, Federal, and Nova Scotia

Spheres of activity

Law, Political science, and Sociology