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Introduction. Boot Print on the Chest: Disappearing "Indians" in Life and Law 1. The Body as Placeless: Memorializing Colonial Power 2. Dying from Improvement 3. The Body as Frontier 4. "People Die": A Killing Indifference 5. The Medico-Legal Alliance: Anthany Dawson and the Diagnosis of Excited Delirium 6. "It happened more than once": Freezing Deaths in Saskatchewan Conclusion. Tombstone Data Appendix. Deaths in Custody: Saskatchewan 1995-2013

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"Dying from Improvement makes a compelling argument that colonialism is not a thing of the past, but is real and ever present. Razack's analysis illustrates the normalization of the dehumanization of Indigenous people, while offering a meticulous, thoughtful, and sensitive defense of the humanity of those affected." -- Verna St Denis, Department of Educational Foundations, University of Saskatchewan "This is sociology at its finest, theorized and argued in a robust, relentlessly accessible, and yet sophisticated way. Dying from Improvement is a major contribution to the issues of Indigenous disposability, suffering, and struggles for justice within a settler state that is dedicated to their disappearance." -- Audra Simpson, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University "Dying for Improvement makes an important argument with implications for every Canadian's grasp of colonialism, capitalism, oppression, and privilege." -- Joyce Green, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Regina

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Sherene H. Razack is a professor in the Department of Social Justice at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

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'This is a passionate, thought-provoking, and disconcerting book... A milestone in the study of deaths of Aboriginal people in Canada.' -- Liqun Cao The Canadian Journal of Native Studies, vol 35:02:2015 "This a difficult but important book to read. Razack balances her analysis of state violence with the agency of Indigenous family members, but she deals with a topic few Canadians want to acknowledge." -- Lianne C. Leddy Herizons, Fall 2016| Vol 30 No.2 'Dying from Improvement is a courageous, confrontational analysis into the roots of indigenous injustice and deaths.' -- Megan Siu Canadian Law Library Review vol 41:04:2016 "While Razack does not offer explicit remedies for the crisis in accountability of the Canadian police forces, the importance of this book lies in its use as a critical tool in locating colonialism in the modern Canadian narrative, especially in the upcoming inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women. DYING FROM IMPROVEMENT is an important read for all those who will be paying close attention to the process as it unfolds, and a call-to-arms to ensure that its outcomes, conclusions and remedies are, indeed, just." -- Kimberly Wilson Canadian Dimension, Volume 50, No2, Spring 2016 'Razack's arguments are provocative. She has constructed a compelling and disturbing analysis which will challenge readers at many levels... It is impossible not to be moved by the evidence and analysis, and what these say about contemporary Indigenous life and death in Canada.' -- Jane Dickson Criminal Law & Criminal Justice Reviews September 2016 "Dying From Improvement is vivid and disturbing. Professor Razack draws readers with an electric narrative and police reporter's eye for detail." -- Holy Doan Blacklock's Reporter , June 27, 2015

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