Sexual and Gender Violence in Education  

Feminist Gift Economy
A Maternalist Alternative to Patriarchy and Capitalism

Volume 34, Numbers 1,2

Guest edited by: Barbara Alice Mann, Angela Miles, Sheila Molloy, Chang Pilwha, and Genevieve Vaughan



Table of Contents


Editorial/Éditorial Barbara Alice Mann, Angela Miles, Sheila Molloy, Chang Pilwha, and Genevieve Vaughan 3

Seeing the Gift

Thinking Through the Gift Paradigm by Genevieve Vaughan 6
Sharing Economies and Indigenous Matricultures in the Land Now Called Canada by Irene Friesen Wolfstone 13
From the Magic of ToGaianess: Ngapartji-Ngapartji in Indigenous Australia by Glenys Livingstone 19
The Mother-Suckling-Child Principle of the Gift in Indigenous North American Culture  by Barbara Alice Mann 23

Gift in the World

Giving and Receiving: The Maternal Basis of Life and Language by Genevieve Vaughan 31
Gift Logic, Mother Sense and Language: On Victoria Welby’s Significs by Susan Petrilli 40
Ideals and Practices of Giving in Islam by Daniela Falcioni 56
Holding and Carrying Our Babies: A Gift-Giving Practice in 
   Anishinaabeg Mothering Cultural Traditions by Renée E. Mazinegiizhigoo-kwe Bédard 67
Grandmothers at the Centre in Velingara, Senegal: The Transmission of Knowledge, 
     Education, Intergenerational Relationships and the Gift Logic by Francesca Lulli 79
Gift Economy in Maternity and Childbirth in Italy by Elena Skoko 91

Gift in Everyday Life and Activism

Deserving, Gifting, and Needs by Miki Kashtan 98
Gen Vaughan and the Maternal Gift Economy by Vicki Noble 107
My First Encounter with the Feminist Gift Economy by Angela Dolmetsch 111
“Not To Worry”: Cecily Shackleton’s Polar Gift Giving and the Oxford 
     University Ellesmere Land Expedition of 1934-35 by Maura Hanrahan 114
The Jewish Tzedakah (Gifting) Community  by Erella Shadmi 123
Women, Chevra Kadisha and the Gift Economy by Judith Maeryam Dunkelberger Wouk  132
Sauna Exists, Therefore I Am: Gifting Rituals of the Finnish Sauna by Kaarina Kailo   140
Placental Roots for Honouring an Embodied Gift Economy of Birth by Nané Jordan 152
Unveiling Patriarchal Motherhood by Mariam Irene Tazi-Preve 163


Sturgeon Visitations by Susan McCaslin 11
November Table II by Fran Westwood 18
Yours, my, mine: G.i.f.t.s. by l.a.r.k. 18
Making Kin by Fran Westwood 22
The Fourteen by Joanna M. Weston 30
My blind sister’s mortuary dress by Ilona Martonfi 55
Celtic Knots: Introduction (paternal side) by Katerina Vaughan Fretwell 66
Window by Fran Westwood 78
Inanna by Susan McCaslin 78
Skibbereen Workhouse by Ilona Martonfi 97
Corn in Egypt by W. M. Herring 106
One Morning in Birkenau by Ilona Martonfi 110
Banana Insight by Diane Driedger 113
Prairie Heartbeats by K-Lynn 139
Letter to a Stranger by Joanna M. Weston 151 
Twined Tales by Joanna M. Weston 161
The First Week by Holly Day 162
Leaving by W. M. Herring 162
The Chaperones by Ilona Martonfi 162
Have I Got the Strength by Holly Day 173

Book Reviews

Women’s Realities, Women’s Choices: An Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies reviewed by Hannah Maitland 174
Feminism: A Brief Introduction to the Ideas, Debates, and Politics of the Movement reviewed by Ki Wight 175
Le salaire au travail ménager: chronique d’une luitte féministe internationale (1972-1977) reviewed by Jeanne Maranda 176
The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men reviewed by Debra M. Haak 177
Refuse: CanLit in Ruins reviewed by Amber Moore 178
Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada reviewed by J. Burbage 179
Radiant Shards: Hoda’s North End Poems reviewed by Carol Debra Lipszyk 180
North: Poems reviewed by Philippa Jabouin 181
Carousel: A Novel reviewed by Jack Ruttan 182
Boss Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Take Charge of Your Career reviewed by Deborah Herman 183
The Blue Castle reviewed by Lesley Strutt 185
L. M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s) reviewed by Aniko Varpalotai 186
The Negation of Chronology: Imagining Geraldine Moodie reviewed by Wendy Donawa 187
Outside In: A Political Memoir reviewed by Aalya Ahmad 188
Water My Soul: 90 Meditations from an Old Order Mennonite reviewed by Carolyne Van Der Meer 189
To Measure the World reviewed by Carol Debra Lipszyk 190
Stories of Women in the Middle Ages reviewed by Barbara D. Janusz 191

Front Cover

Shirley McDaniel, “Girlscape 1,” 2013, acrylic on canvas, 130cm x 80cm

Back Cover

Shirley McDaniel, “Heartstrings,” 2019, acrylic on board, 49cm x 61cm

Shirley McDaniel is a South African artist. The subject of womankind is a recurring theme in her work. Shirley’s images of women symbolize connectedness and inclusiveness. Visit her website at: http://www.art-explorations.com.