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To Know Our Many Selves: Changing Across Time and Space


Profiles the history of Canadian studies.

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Profiles the history of Canadian studies.

University of Washington Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897425725
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: AU Press
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Bibliographic Notes



Introduction 1

1 Traditions and Practices: From Colonial and Area to Cultural Or Societal Studies 6

Area Studies: Its long history as Colonial and Country Studies 9

From the social psychology of lesser others to the quest for self-knowledge 15


2 The Atlantic World: Creating Societies in Imperial Hinterlands 21

"Discovery" and the production of knowledge 21

Imperial interests and intellectual changes in the hegemonic Atlantic World 28

Canadian specifies: Regions, boundaries, incomplete nation-state 32

3 Canada's Peoples: Inclusions & Exclusions 37

First Peoples: Teachers, equals, subalterns 38

Second Peoples: Interactions, solitudes, hegemonic pieces of the mosaic 43

Early African and Asian Canadians: Presences and exclusions 52

Immigrant Ethnics of European backgrounds: Subalterns creating societies 56

Discourses about belonging and sentiments of citizenship 59

Creating social spaces in everyday lives 62

4 Self-Constructions: From Regional Consciousnesses to National Billboards 65

Regional specifics, generic folklorization, few First Peoples 65

Canada's West: New settlers, few national symbols, the rise of a world of consumption 71

Canada's East: Multiple literatures and hierarchies after Confederation 77

Billboards of self-advertising: Canadian firsters, English Canada's British imperialists, French Canada's advocates of race 83

The billboards' small print 90


5 Privileged Discourses Up to 1920: Scholarship in The Making 94

Religion as guide for research: The establishment of universities up to the 1920s 94

Folklorists to ethnologists: Grave-robbing, appropriating, researching 99

Historians' promotional, compilatory, nostalgic, and constitutional narratives 104

Hegemonic scholarship and subalterns' lesser discourses 114

Outside perspectives: Observers' interpretations of Canada 118

6 Substantial Research: The Social Spaces of the Geological Survey of Canada 121

The making of maps: Physical, social, and mental 121

Exploring the territorial and economic basis for nation-building 124

The human implications of surveying a territory 129

7 Learning and Society: Social Responsibility, Educational Institutions, Elite Formation 132

An informed society: Nineteenth-century movements for self-instruction 132

Schools: Dissemination of whose identity-providing narratives? 136

Applied Scholarship I: The training of social workers 143

Applied Scholarship II: Transforming researchers into the federal elite 148


8 Data-Based Studies of Society: Political Economy, History, Sociology 158

Canadian universities and U.S. foundations, 1920s-50s 161

From social reform to sociology: The city and the West 164

Political economy: Staples, markets, consumption, and cultural change 174

Political history and political science: Institutions, revolt of the West, Cold War 181

As yet marginal: Immigrants in scholarship 191

Twice marginalized: "Indians" and folk and the emergence of anthropology and ethnohistory 200

9 Discourse-Based Reflections About Society: Where Were The Humanities? 205

One, two, many literatures---or none? 208

Images large and small: The nationalization of the arts 221

Communication as a resource and as a tool of power: From common people's telecommunication to global communication theory 226

New nationwide media: Whose investments, power, and contents? 232

Gendered cultural elites: Nationalists, reformers, radicals 239

The study of Canada: Problems and perspectives at the turn to the sixties 243


10 Decolonization: The Changes of the 1960s 248

Nationalizing the material and the cultural: The Marsh and Massey recommendations 251

The centennial's new climate of opinion 258

A different centennial: The weight of the past in the socialization of new generations 264

Academia: From decolonization to recolonization? 267

11 Visions and Borderlines: Canadian Studies Since The 1960s 273

Frames of meaning: The simultaneous centering and decentering of Canada 274

An institutionalized quest "to know our many selves" or disdain for Canadian Studies? 278

Creating national and pluralist Canadian and Canadian Studies institutions 284

12 Views From The Outside: The Surge of International Canadian Studies 289

Canadian foreign policy and Canadian Studies outside of Canada 292

Perspectives from the outside: Topics and questions 299

Multicultural diversity in the Atlantic World and beyond 304

13 Agency in A Multicultural Society: Interdisciplinary Research Achievements 311

Past-oriented societal sciences: A gendered history of the people 314

Present-oriented societal sciences: From Cold-War camp to social spaces 322

Self-articulation of women and mainstreaming gender 329

From First Peoples in a fourth world to participants in an open society 334

Redefining ethnocultural belonging and transcultural identities 341

Decentering hegemonies: The humanities as discourse-centered societal sciences 348


14 From Interest-Driven National Discourse To Transcultural Societal Studies 361

The natural and the social: Discourse in the production of knowledges and identities 361

Transcultural Societal Studies: An integrative approach 373

Education: Intergenerational transfer and transcultural embeddedness 386

Interviews with the author 392

Index 394

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