Political thought in Canada : an intellectual history /
Katherine Fierlbeck.
Peterborough, Ont. : Broadview Press, c2006.
178 p. ; 23 cm.
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Peterborough, Ont. : Broadview Press, c2006.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 161-167) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Katherine Fierlbeck is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University. She is the author of The Development of Political Thought in Canada $$ Ideas (Manchester University Press, 1998).
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A serious, measured, and encyclopaedic presentation of Canadian political ideas from their beginnings: this book is indispensable.
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Main Description
What, if anything, makes Canada's political identity unique? Pollsters can measure values, but they cannot explain how these values arose over time, why they changed, or how people have attempted to make sense of them within a changing social and political environment. By examining the history of political ideas in Canada, we can better understand why Canada takes the shape that it does. In this book, Katherine Fierlbeck looks at the legacy of ideas taken from (or shaped in reaction to) the nations that have been most influential to Canada's development: the United Kingdom and the United States. The first section looks specifically at the nature of toryism, constitutional liberalism, and market liberalism. Then she examines the evolution of social justice in Canada. Does the country have, as J.S. Woodsworth hoped, a definitive "third way." The final section focuses upon debates over cultural identity and minority rights. Contemporary political discussions in Canada are very much based upon the expressions of French-Canadian nationalism that have existed as long as, and perhaps even longer than, the country itself. How have these ideas influenced current thinking about culture and accommodation? The experiences characterized by Canadian political thought also provide insight and ideas for nations around the world as their citizens struggle with similar questions. The political dynamics of the present are a product of how Canadians have viewed their country, or a vision of their country, in the past. These ideas of Canada, in history and in myth, provide a way of thinking about politics that may provoke and inspire Canadians-and others-to reflect upon their future.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 5
The Context of Canadian Political Thoughtp. 20
Defining a Nation
The Colonial Legacyp. 45
Toryismp. 46
British Liberalism and Constitutionalismp. 57
The Challenge of Neighbourliness: The United Statesp. 67
Jacksonian Liberalism and the Free Marketp. 68
The Idea of "Sovereignty" in Canadian Political Thoughtp. 77
Social Justice
Understanding the Culture of Social Justicep. 87
The Fragment Theoryp. 87
The Role of Religionp. 92
Radical Political Thoughtp. 101
The Leftp. 102
Other Forms of Radicalismp. 111
Culture and Accommodation
French-Canadian Nationalismp. 119
The Church in Lower Canadap. 120
Early Liberalism in French Canadap. 121
Ultramontanismp. 125
Neo-nationalism and Social Radicalismp. 128
Minority Rights and Multiculturalism: Two Narrativesp. 133
Minority Rights: The Recognition of "Deep Diversity"p. 134
Multiculturalism: The Primacy of Formal Equalityp. 141
In History and in Mythp. 152
Bibliographyp. 161
Indexp. 168
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