Critical Perspectives on a Canadian Murder
The murder of British Columbia teen Reena Virk shocked Canadians and provoked an outpouring of media commentary, academic explanation, plays, and novels. But while much attention was paid to the problem of violence and “girl bullying,” race and related issues hardly figured in mainstream conversation. This collection aims to refocus the conversation about Reena Virk by considering how racism, colonialism, and hierarchies of gender, class, age, and sexuality figure in this crime and our understanding of it. The ten thoughtful chapters by both prominent and emerging scholars force us to grapple with the difficult and at times ugly implications of Reena Virk’s murder for Canadian national identity.
"This book offers a remarkable contribution to girlhood studies and in particular brings a fascinating interdisciplinarity to it - something that in and of itself is critical to the field. Its major strength is the way in which a number of feminist scholars have brought their collective analysis to a single issue that is symbolic of a much larger set of issues around racism and sexism in the Canadian context."
Claudia Mitchell, McGill University; author of Combatting Gender Violence In and Around Schools
Shauna Pomerantz, Brock University; author of Girl Power: Girls Reinventing Girlhood