Sharing Spaces

Sharing Spaces : Essays in Honour of Sherry Olson

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Sherry Olson has almost always worked with others, inspiring them to ground their research in an empathetic understanding of the human condition. Through this team work, she has made signal contributions in fields as diverse as environmental, social, urban, and women's histories, as well as public health, demography, and geographic information systems (GIS).

In this volume, a critical assessment of her life's work is complemented by original pieces advancing our knowledge in these remarkably diverse fields.

From the environmental impact of colonial settlement in New Zealand to racial segregation in Chicago, from the demography of the Mauricie and marriage patterns of Quebec City to the inns, gay spaces, and landladies of Montreal, this collection demonstrates the complexity of sharing space in the past and its centrality to any critical understandings of the global challenges we face in the present.

This book is published in English.


Sherry Olson a presque toujours travaille en equipe, incitant ses collegues a ancrer leurs recherches dans une comprehension empathique de la condition humaine. Cela lui a permis d'offrir des contributions majeures dans un large eventail de domaines, notamment l'histoire de l'environnement, des relations sociales, de la vie urbaine et des femmes, la sante publique, la demographie et les systemes d'information geographique.

Dans cet ouvrage, des etudes originales viennent s'ajouter a l'evaluation critique qui est faite de l'oeuvre de sa vie, permettant ainsi d'approfondir nos connaissances dans ces domaines.

En abordant des sujets allant de l'impact environnemental de la colonisation en Nouvelle-Zelande a la segregation raciale a Chicago, en passant par la demographie de la region de la Mauricie, les modeles matrimoniaux de Quebec et les auberges, les quartiers gais et les logeuses de Montreal, ce recueil demontre toute la complexite du partage de l'espace dans le passe et son importance cruciale pour une comprehension critique des defis globaux de notre epoque.

Ce livre est publie en anglais.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 170 x 244mm
  • Ottawa, Canada
  • English
  • 0776628585
  • 9780776628585

About Robert Sweeny

Robert C. H. Sweeny is a socio-economic historian living in St John's, Newfoundland. The chronicle of his forty-year search for an answer to "Why Did We Choose to Industrialize?" won the Governor General's Award for Scholarly Research in 2016. His current research explores gender, property, and national identity in turn-of- the-century Montreal. In the 1990s, his experiments in digitizing historical sources of pre-industrial Montreal led to a sustained collaboration with Sherry Olson in building a historical GIS research infrastructure:
Montreal, l'avenir du passe.
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