Who do we think we are?

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A book about citizenship, identity and multiculturalism

Key Ideas

What accounts for Canada’s apparent success at peaceful co-existence in this country of such remarkable human diversity? Is there a unique Canadian modus vivendi which keeps us talking and accommodating rather than ruling, deciding and excluding? And what about social cohesion? Is the Canadian model sustainable? Can we keep it all together when there is so little to bind citizens of such diverse backgrounds and interests? Is it even a good idea to talk about it?

What would you say? brings contemporary academic research regarding the governance of communities of diversity, down off the shelves in the universities and think tanks and into the public conversation space. The book’s unorthodox format makes the ideas and insights being generated by researchers and observers, accessible and even entertaining for students and non-experts of all ages.

Who do we think we are? is more likely to provoke discussion than to close the file on this key issue for governing in contemporary Canada. So read it and laugh. Or weep. Or worry about who you think we have become. Or celebrate it. But since the variety of cultures, languages, religions, identities and ways of doing things in Canada is not going away, we all had better loosen up and get more accustomed to the diversity-speak employed by the players in this short course in peaceful coexistence amongst citizens who have no choice but to live together constructively –and love it!

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by Robin Higham with illustrations by Isabelle Melancon

ISBN: 978-0-9813931-1-7 $19.95
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One Comment

  1. Posted March 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Interesting book! With the growing trend of travel and migration all over the world, multiculturalism is here to stay. The big question is how we will deal with it.