Through a combination of historical and contemporary analysis this book shows how settler colonialism, as a mode of racial capitalism, has made and remade Winnipeg and the Canadian Prairie West over the past one hundred and fifty years. It traces the emergence of a ‘dominant bloc’, or alliance, in Winnipeg that has imagined and installed successive regional development visions to guarantee its own wealth and power. The book gives particular attention to the ways that an ascendant post-industrial urban redevelopment vision for Winnipeg’s city-centre has renewed longstanding colonial ‘legacies’ of dispossession and racism over the past forty years. In doing so, it moves beyond the common tendency to break apart histories of settler-colonial conquest from studies of urban history or contemporary urban processes.

“A compelling story of the way that settler colonialism remains a powerful force in the planning and design of the contemporary city. Stolen City is creative, theoretically innovative, and skillfully crafted from an exceptional range of historical and ethnographic data woven into an insightful, convincing analysis.”

—Setha Low, Professor of Anthropology and Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geography) and director of the Public Space Research Group at The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Subject Social Science, Human Geography, Urban Sociology, Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
Published June 2018
Price $21.95 CDN
Pages 240 pp (Paper)
Dimensions 5.5″ × 8.5″ × .5″
ISBN-10 1894037936
ISBN-13 9781894037938

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About the Author

Owen Toews is a geographer based in Winnipeg, Canada. He is currently working on a book project about land policy and the human geography of the Prairie West, 1869-2015 and teaching in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of Manitoba. He holds a Ph.D in Human Geography from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center and has worked as an instructor at the Macaulay Honors College-Brooklyn College and the Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs and Planning. He is a founding member of the DIY museum collective Winnipeg Arcades Project, a member of the abolitionist prisoner solidarity group Bar None, and acquisitions editor for ARP Books’ Semaphore series.