Virtual sovereignty [electronic resource] : nationalism, culture, and the Canadian question /
Robert Wright.
Toronto, Ont. : Canadian Scholars' Press, 2004.
300 p. ; 23 cm.
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Toronto, Ont. : Canadian Scholars' Press, 2004.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-291) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-05-01:
In these interesting essays, Wright focuses on evolving Canadian nationalism, a topic he has ruminated on for many years. Like his mentor, the late George Rawlyk of Queen's University, Wright has become ambivalent about Canada's continued sovereignty as the country makes it way into a globalized 21st century. Wright considers such varied facets of the country's culture as the "Group of Seven" painters; the ideas of Canada's popular musicians and their own ambivalence about legislation protecting them; the implications of state intervention in private sector broadcasting and the recording industry; the new popular history in Canada and the History television channel; the withdrawal of young people today in contrast to an earlier generation's involvement in the 1960s and 1970s; Prime Minister Jean Chretien's government and its supposed influence in generating disaffection among young Canadians; September 11, Canada's reaction, and its government's refusal to join the US in the war in Iraq. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. A useful accompaniment to those interested in Canadian politics and society and comparative politics. P. Regenstreif University of Rochester
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Table of Contents
Preface and acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 13
The making of a mystique : nationalism, wilderness, and the origins of the Group of Sevenp. 23
Dream, comfort, memory, despair : Canadian musicians and the dilemma of nationalismp. 57
Gimme shelter : cultural protectionism and the Canadian recording industryp. 79
Historical underdosing : pop demography and the crisis in Canadian historyp. 99
The way we were? : history as infotainment in the age of history televisionp. 127
L'etat, C'est Molson? : youth and the decline of Canadian nationalismp. 153
Zero tolerance : Canadian youth in the Chretien erap. 193
Time to grow up : "anti-Americanism" in Canada after September 11thp. 221
Conclusion : the end of an era?p. 263
Bibliographyp. 277
Indexp. 293
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