Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

The Canadian Distinctiveness into the XXIst Century. la Distinction Canadienne Au Tournant Du XXIe Siècle

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

The Canadian Distinctiveness into the XXIst Century. la Distinction Canadienne Au Tournant Du XXIe Siècle

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The Canadian Distinctiveness into the XXIst Century. La distinction canadienne au tournant du XXIe siècle (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2003) vii + 335pp. Cloth. $45.00/ £28 ISBN: 0-7766-3022-9. Paper. $24.95/£15. ISBN 0-7766-0551-8.

Emerging from International Council for Canadian Studies conference of the same title, held at the University of Ottawa in May 2000, this collection is a useful aid to getting up to date with debates about perennial issues about Canadian distinctiveness, Canada's place in the world and other issues such as bilingualism, multiculturalism and Aboriginal rights, as well as providing insights into possible future directions for Canada and thereby the ways in which we do Canadian Studies.

The collection has been organised into five main sections. The keynote speakers (Saul, Létourneau, Atwood), Individuals, Collectivities and the State (Paquet, Phillips, Lacorne, Cairns), The Texture of Canadian Society (Wilson, Bégin, Dutt), Culture, Identity and the Market (Hall, Thomson, Roy, Gutiérrez-Haces), and The Place of Canada in the World of the Twentieth-First Century (Winslow, Labelle, Cook, Laponce, Irvine).

Cairns provides a helpful summary of the debate concerning possible futures for Canada's Aboriginal population discussing both the nation/self-government route and the 'urban' route. …

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