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Buying Happiness

The Emergence of Consumer Consciousness in English Canada

Buying Happiness explores the different ways that key public thinkers represented, conceptualized, and institutionalized new ideas about consumption, which shaped economic and social policy and influenced behaviour.

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Lived Fictions

Unity and Exclusion in Canadian Politics

Bringing big thinking back to Canadian politics, Lived Fictions demonstrates how theories of political unity always exclude and shows why our comfortable assumptions about the promises of Canadian politics mask historical failures.

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Before and After the State

Politics, Poetics, and People(s) in the Pacific Northwest

Documenting the profound impact of state formation on individuals and communities in the Pacific Northwest of the nineteenth century, Before and After the State reveals how national narratives and constructed identities were used in the service of nation building.

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One Hundred Years of Struggle

The History of Women and the Vote in Canada

On the eve of celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Canada comes a timely reassessment of everything Canadians thought they knew about the history of women, the vote, and democracy in our nation.

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Alan Caswell Collier, Relief Stiff

An Artist’s Letters from Depression-Era British Columbia

Aspiring artist Alan Caswell Collier’s letters, sketches, and paintings recall in vivid detail life in Canada’s relief camps and the crisis of youth unemployment during the Great Depression.

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Otter’s Journey through Indigenous Language and Law

Told in contemporary Anishinaabe storytelling style, Otter’s Journey takes us across the globe to explore how the work in Indigenous language revitalization can inform the emerging field of Indigenous legal revitalization.

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Who Controls the Hunt?

First Nations, Treaty Rights, and Wildlife Conservation in Ontario, 1783-1939

Tracing the connections between colonialism and the early conservation movement in Ontario, Who Controls the Hunt? examines the contentious issue of treaty hunting rights and the impact of conservation laws on First Nations.

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The Creator’s Game

Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood

The Creator’s Game serves as a potent illustration of how, for over a century, the Indigenous game of lacrosse has served as a central means for Indigenous communities to activate their self-determination and reformulate their identities.

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Health Care and the Charter

Legal Mobilization and Policy Change in Canada

An engaging study of the clash between two iconic Canadian policy instruments – universal, single-payer health care and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – and the effects on politics and policy.

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Breaking News?

Politics, Journalism, and Infotainment on Quebec Television

The first book about politics and infotainment in Canada, Breaking News? examines the challenges of these (often) controversial programs for democratic citizenship.

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Representation in Action

Canadian MPs in the Constituencies

Drawing on intensive observation of Canadian Members of Parliament in their constituencies, Representation in Action compellingly describes and accounts for the different ways MPs act as representatives of their constituents.

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Governing Irregular Migration

Bordering Culture, Labour, and Security in Spain

This thorough analysis of immigration governance in Spain explores the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion at play at one of Europe’s southern borders.

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