Marchak, M(aureen) Patricia 1936–

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MARCHAK, M(aureen) Patricia 1936–

PERSONAL: Born June 22, 1936, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; daughter of Adrian Ebenezer and Wilhelmina Rankin (Hamilton) Russell; married William Marchak, December 31, 1956; children: Geordon Eric, Lauren Craig. Education: University of British Columbia B.A., 1958, Ph.D., 1970. Hobbies and other interests: Hiking, swimming, travel.

ADDRESSES: Home—4455 W. First Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia V6R 4H9, Canada.

CAREER: Freelance writer, 1963–65; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, instructor, 1965–67, sessional lecturer, 1968–72, assistant professor, 1972–75, associate professor, 1975–80, professor of sociology, beginning 1980, now professor emeritus, head of department 1987–90, dean of faculty of arts, 1990–96, distinguished scholar in residence at Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, 2000, associate of Institute for Resources and Environment, member of board of directors and chair of ethics committee of university hospital, 1992–93, member of university board of governors, 1999. University of Saskatchewan, Sorokin Lecturer, 1982; Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, guest lecturer, 1985; Carleton University, visiting professor, summer, 1986; Shastri-Indo-Canadian Institute, visiting professor in India, 1987; Memorial University of Newfoundland, David Alexander Memorial Lecturer, 1995; Open University of British Columbia, past member of board of directors. Director of research on housing in North Vancouver, 1972; Westwater Research Institute, member of committee on Yukon water resources, 1979–82; Canadian registrar of research and researchers in the social sciences, 1981–86; Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, member of Pacific Group, 1983–85; Ecotrust Canada, member of advisory council, 1991–93, member of board of directors, 1993–97; British Columbia Buildings Corp., chair of board of directors, 1992–95; British Columbia Forest Appeals Commission, member, 1996. Cedar Lodge Trust Society, member of board of directors, 1989–92.

MEMBER: International Sociological Association, Canadian Political Science Association, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association (president, 1979–80), Association for Canadian Studies (member of executive board, 1978–80), Royal Society of Canada (fellow; president of Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1998), Forest History Society (member of executive committee, 1991–92).

AWARDS, HONORS: Research grant from Institute of Industrial Relations, University of British Columbia, 1969–70; Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada, grants, 1977–78 and 1981–84, and fellowship, 1984–85; selection as an outstanding academic book of the year, Choice, 1985, and John Porter Memorial Book Prize, Canadian Association of Sociology and Anthropology, 1986, both for Green Gold: The Forest Industry in British Columbia; named outstanding contributor, Canadian Association of Sociology and Anthropology, 1990; Commemorative Medal, Governor General of Canada, for "significant contributions to Canada," 1993; named woman of distinction, Young Women's Christian Association of Vancouver.


Ideological Perspectives on Canada, McGraw (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1975, 3rd edition, 1987.

(Editor) The Working Sexes, Institute of Industrial Relations, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), 1977.

In Whose Interests: An Essay on Multinational Corporations in a Canadian Context, McClelland & Stewart (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1979.

Green Gold: The Forest Industry in British Columbia, University of British Columbia Press (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), 1983.

(Editor, with Neil Guppy and John McMullan) Uncommon Property: The Fishing and Fish Processing Industries in British Columbia, Methuen (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1987.

The Integrated Circus: The "New Right" and the Restructuring of Global Markets, McGill-Queen's University Press (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 1991.

Logging the Globe, McGill-Queen's University Press (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 1995.

Racism, Sexism and the University: The Political Science Affair at UBC, McGill-Queen's University Press (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 1996.

Falldown: Forest Policy in British Columbia, Ecotrust Canada (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) 1998.

(With William Marchak) God's Assassins: State Terrorism in Argentina in the 1970's, McGill-Queen's University Press (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 1999.

Contributor to many books, including The Vancouver Institute: An Experiment in Public Education, edited by Peter N. Nemetz, JBA Press (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), 1998; Troubles in the Rainforest: British Columbia's Forest Economy in Transition, edited by Trevor Barnes and Roger Hayter, Wester Geographical Press (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), 1998; and Mistaken Identities, edited by Cyril Levitt, Scott Davies, and Neil McLaughlin, Peter Lang Publishing (New York, NY), 1999. Contributor of articles and reviews to London Journal of Canadian Studies, Canadian Public Policy, Journal of Business Administration, Queen's Quarterly, and other periodicals. Book review editor, Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, 1971–74; member of editorial board, Studies in Political Economy, 1980–87, Current Sociology, 1980–86, Canadian Journal of Sociology, 1986–90, and B.C. Studies, 1988–90, 2000.

SIDELIGHTS: M. Patricia Marchak once told CA that her primary motivation for writing is "curiosity about the subjects and pleasure in the act of organizing ideas and writing. The biggest task for a new book is to organize the material so that it can be read and understood by someone who did not do the research or may not have started out with the same curiosity about the subject. I revise the text often, trying out various organizations and then, when the structure is okay, trying out various ways of saying things. I write on weekends and evenings, whenever I can find time.

"I am truly puzzled by the way human beings relate to one another, organize their societies, and develop their cultures, and by the relationship between humans and the rest of nature. My concern for the forests of my coastal home region has expanded to the forest regions of the world, and I wrote a book about the processes of deforestation across the globe."



Canadian Literature, spring, 1999, review of Racism, Sexism, and the University: The Political Science Affair at UBC, p. 143.

Times Literary Supplement, May 31, 2002, Carlos Escudé, review of God's Assassins: State Terrorism in Argentina in the 1970's, p. 27.


Military Review Online, (May-June, 2001), K. L. Jamison, review of God's Assassins.

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