Home and Native Land

Unsettling Multiculturalism in Canada

Home and Native Land takes its vastly important topic and places it under a new, penetrating light—shifting focus from the present grounds of debate onto a more critical terrain.

The book’s articles, by some of the foremost critical thinkers and activists on issues of difference, diversity, and Canadian policy, challenge sedimented thinking on the subject of multiculturalism. Not merely “another book” on race relations, national identity, or the post 9-11 security environment, this collection forges new and innovative connections by examining how multiculturalism relates to issues of migration, security, labour, environment/nature, and land. These novel pairings illustrate the continued power, limitations, and, at times, destructiveness of multiculturalism, both as policy and as discourse.


May Chazan

May Chazan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa.

Lisa Helps

Lisa Helps is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History, University of Toronto.

Anna Stanley

Anna Stanley is a lecturer in Human Geography, in the Department of Geography, at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), in Galway, Ireland.

Sonali Thakkar

Sonali Thakkar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, New York.

Chapter Contributors Pages Year Price
Examines the policy of multiculturalism within a settler society, and whether the current debates are disruptive or just another form of assimilation. Includes a discussion of the effects of the …
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Discusses the notion of progress under liberal democracy and the way it discredits non-European societies, with reference to criticisms of these societies by writers such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
18 $1.80
Recognition-based models of liberal pluralism seek to reconcile Indigenous claims to nationhood with Crown sovereignty via the accommodation of Indigenous identities in some form of renewed …
26 $2.60
The author argues that leftist critics are right in their anti-state condemnation of multiculturalism, but wrong to not see how popular groups – everyday Canadians – make …
7 $0.70
Argues that official multiculturalism serves as a mode of legitimation for an otherwise monocultural Eurocentric Anglo-Franco order. Through it, subaltern ethnicized and racialized …
31 $3.10
Argues the importance for Canadian scholars of noting the roots of at least some aspects of multicultural discursive practice in the United States. In the U.S., the discourse and even the …
19 $1.90
Considers how forms of citizenship participation practiced by Indian immigrants within the multicultural framework of Canada simultaneously configure local and transnational community …
24 $2.40
Explores the parallels and divergences between the distinct but linked projects of national reconstruction: the state-led project of multiculturalism and the state’s attempt to resolve its …
23 $2.30
Considers how postcolonial ghost stories – stories that use the figure of the Indigenous ghost to make sense of colonial and postcolonial relations – incorporate the tensions, …
17 $1.70
Icelandic immigrants arriving in Canada in 1876 contracted smallpox in the Quebec City immigration sheds en route to Manitoba and transmitted the disease to their Aboriginal neighbours, the Sandy …
22 $2.20
However one understands multiculturalism in Canada, one of the shared features of its multiple definitions is diversity – what many would describe as the undisputed success of a …
14 $1.40
Discusses the work of the Colour of Poverty Campaign, born in a legal clinic environment that involved Chinese, Southeast Asian, South Asian, and African communities. It has a mandate to provide …
9 $0.90