Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Changing Canada: Political Economy as Transformation

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Changing Canada: Political Economy as Transformation

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Wallace Clement and Leah F. Vosko (eds), Changing Canada: Political Economy as Transformation (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press), 536pp. Cloth. $85. £65. ISBN 0-7735-2530-0. Paper. $32.95. £25. ISBN 0-7735-2531-9.

This is the third volume in a series on the new Canadian political economy authored or co-authored by Wallace Clement that stretches back to 1989. The new Canadian political economy is a body of writing which derives from the Marxist tradition of radical social criticism; and the 'leading assumption of the (present) collection is that political economy, through its understanding of contradiction and change, can serve as a transformative tool in both scholarly work and action' (p. xv). The chapters in the collection are organised around five sections: globalisation and political transformation in Canada; the restructuring of Canada's welfare state; continentalism and internationalism; the new urban experience and creative sites of resistance (ecology, labour, youth and popular culture).

There is an interesting mix of contributors to this volume - some well-established scholars of international repute, others who less well known internationally - making for a lively, varied and wide-ranging collection. The volume is also quite ambitious in seeking both to progress intellectual understanding of the processes of transformation and to apply such understanding to practical situations and political actions. …

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