Fonds F0713 - Wenona Giles fonds

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Wenona Giles fonds

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  • 1975-2004, predominant 1982-1995 (Creation)
    Giles, Wenona

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0.78 m of textual records
5 computer disks : 9 x 9 cm
4 photographs : b&w ; 10 x 16.5 cm

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Dr. Wenona Giles is a professor of Anthropology and Faculty Research Associate at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. She received a diploma from L'université d'Aix-Marseille in 1970 and a bachelors degree from the University of Santa Clara in 1971. She earned a degree in education from the University of British Columbia and completed her academic studies in anthropology, achieving a master’s degree in 1980 and a doctorate from the University of Toronto in 1987.
Giles is an author and contributing editor of several books on gender, migration, and refugees. Her titles include: Maid in the Market: Women’s Paid Domestic Labour (Halifax: Fernwood Press, 1994); Portuguese Women in Toronto: Gender, Immigration, and Nationalism (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002); and Refugees in Extended Exile: Living on the Edge (Abingdon-on-Thames: Routledge, 2016). Giles’ research in the 1980s and 1990s focused on the experiences of Portuguese migrant women working in London, England, and Toronto, Canada. Since the late 1990s and 2000s, Giles’ research projects focused on the impact of conflict in regions such as Sri Lanka and the Balkans, the intersection between gender and forced migration, and the issue of higher education opportunities for long-term refugees and displaced people.

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Fonds consists of research material created and collected by Wenona Giles as part of her anthropological studies of Portuguese migrant women in London, United Kingdom, and Toronto, Canada. Fonds includes, field notes, interview transcripts, questionnaires, reports and other collected research material.

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Several files are restricted to protect third party privacy. Access may be granted to researchers following a York University ethical review process and completion of a Researcher Agreement.

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10/11/2017: C. Long (Creation)
2019/09/29 KCP. Added name access point.

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