Organizational Colonial Encounters: A Critical Intersectional Analysis of Entitlement and Nation-Building

By Benita Bunjun.

Published by The International Journal of Organizational Diversity

Format Price
Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Using an intersectional feminist analysis, I examine the complexities of colonial encounters within one feminist organization, Vancouver Status of Women (VSW), along the continued grain of the on-going dispossession of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Through this qualitative case study, I explore the specific trajectory of multiple and intersecting histories and locations of this particular feminist organization born out of hegemonic white Liberal Second Wave feminism in British Columbia, Canada. Archival documents and participants' interview narratives provide in-depth data of organizational struggles, strategies, processes and policies which arise to respond to the complexities of power relations and specifically hegemonic feminism. This presentation will primarily focus on the research's emerging themes of colonial encounters and the making of entitlement and home within VSW, the women's movement, and the nation. The (un)making and (un)doing of entitlement and home emerge within this organization's trajectory of power relations while interacting with larger discourses of nation building and citizenship. The researcher's specific positionality as an insider allows for her to dive into important historical and current colonial tensions and anxieties which continue to haunt the women's movement(s) and feminist organizations in Canada.

Keywords: Nation Building, Entitlement, Feminist Organizations, Colonial Encounter, Intersectionality

The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, Volume 15, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.1-15. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 225.238KB).

Dr Benita Bunjun

Post-doctoral Fellow, Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities, and , Mental Health, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada