Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
Wilfrid Laurier University Press is pleased to announce that Veronica Strong-Boag has won the 2012 Canada Prize (Social Sciences) for her book Fostering Nation? Canada Confronts Its History of Childhood Disadvantage (WLU Press, 2011). Considered a “benchmark for outstanding scholarly work,” the Canada Prize, worth $2,500 in each category, is awarded annually by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS).
Fostering Nation? is also shortlisted for the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, awarded by the Canadian Historical Association for the non-fiction work of Canadian history judged to have made the most significant contribution to an understanding of the Canadian past. The winner will be announced at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, which is being hosted jointly by Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo from May 26-June 2, 2012.
Fostering Nation? breaks new ground in the history of social welfare and the family. By offering the first-ever comprehensive look at how Canada cared for marginalized youngsters between the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries, it tells heart-breaking stories that were the reality for children in foster care, and serves as a reminder that children’s welfare cannot be divorced from that of their parents.
Veronica Strong-Boag is a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her previous awards include the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize in Canadian History and, with Carole Gerson, the Raymond Klibansky Prize in the Humanities