Constant Struggle: Histories of Canadian Democratization
Published by: McGill-Queen's University Press
Imprint: McGill-Queen's University Press
Sales Date: 2021-10-06
Published: October 2021
512 Pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 1.80 in, 1 photo, 2 tables
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This volume asks what limits and contradictions have framed the nation’s democratization process, examining how democracy has been understood by those who have advocated for or resisted it and exploring key historical realities that have shaped it. Scholars from a range of disciplines tackle this elusive concept, suggesting that instead of looking for a simple narrative, we must be alert to the slower, untidier, and incomplete processes of democratization in Canada. Constant Struggle offers a renewed, sometimes unsettling depiction, stretching from studies of early Indigenous societies, through colonial North America and Confederation, into the twentieth century. Contributors reassess democracy in light of settler colonialism and white supremacy, investigate connections between capitalism and democracy, consider alternative conceptions of democracy from Canada’s past, and highlight the various ways in which the democratic ideal has been mobilized to advance particular visions of Canadian society.
Demonstrating that Canada’s democratization process has not always been one that empowered the people, Constant Struggle questions traditional views of the relationship between democracy and liberalism in Canada and around the world.
"Constant Struggle is a major contribution to the history of democracy and political thought in Canada. It should be read by all those within and outside Canada who are concerned about the future of democracy." Eric Sager, University of Victoria and author of Inequality in Canada: The History and Politics of an Idea
"Constant Struggle is a challenging and innovative collection that comes out swinging: it will give thoughtful readers things to chew on!" Brian Young, McGill University and author of Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec: The Taschereaus and McCords