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The Construction of Canadian Identity from Abroad

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Examines how Canada is interpreted and constructed by Canadian expatriate scholars

  • Features chapters by Canadian expats combining theory and lived experience

  • Expands conceptions of Canadian identity

Part of the book series: Canada and International Affairs (CIAF)

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Introduction: The Construction of Canadian Identity from Abroad

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Spatial Dislocation, Canadian Expats, and National Identity

      • Christopher Kirkey, Richard Nimijean
      Pages 3-22
  3. Exile, Scholarship, and Rethinking Canada and the Canadian Identity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 23-23
  4. Multiple Layers of Externality

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 87-87
    2. Bringing Sexy Back: The Other

      • Christina Keppie
      Pages 125-146
  5. Disciplinary Focus and the Question of Externality

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 241-241
    2. Systems of Canadian Studies: A Personal View

      • Patrick James
      Pages 279-299

About this book

“The contributors to this volume take a compelling look at Canadian identity through the lenses of Canadians living abroad. These expats have a unique perspective on being Canadian, as their identity is conditioned not only by who they are but where they are. This volume is a must-read. Each chapter provides a glimpse into that looking glass, helping us understand how we see the world, see ourselves, and understand and come to terms with our identities.”

Michael K. Hawes, President and CEO, Fulbright Canada

 

Migration and the impact that immigrants have on Canada is and always has been central to a robust understanding of Canadian identity. However, despite claims that “the world needs more Canada,” Canadians, their governments, and scholars pay much less attention to the estimated 3 million Canadian expatriates who live elsewhere. The Construction of Canadian Identity from Abroad features Canadian scholars who live and work outside Canada (or have recently returned to Canada) and who write and think deeply about identity construction. What happens when that Canadian is a scholar whose teaching, research and scholarship, professional development, and/or community engagement focuses directly on Canada? How does being abroad affect how we interpret Canada? In short, in what ways does “externality” affect how Canadian expat scholars intellectually approach, construct, and identify with Canada? This engaging volume is ideal for university students, scholars, government officials, and the general public.

Christopher Kirkey is Director of the Center for the Study of Canada and Institute on Quebec Studies at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, USA, and serves as President of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS). He is a co-editor, with Michael K. Hawes and Andrew C. Holman, of Canada in 1968: A Year and Its Legacies (2021).

Richard Nimijean is a member of the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and a Visiting Professor in the Department of English and American Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He is a co-editor, with David Carment, of Canada Among Nations 2020: Political Turmoil in a Tumultuous World (2021).


Keywords

  • Canada
  • Identity
  • Canadian Studies
  • international
  • externality
  • ex-patriates

Reviews

“I learned much from the essays in this collected volume. This book is a collection of personal and professional accounts of what it means to be an expatriated Canadian and how one’s externality influences the approach, construction, and presentation of Canada.  The contributors, all Canadians who are either living abroad or recently repatriated, take a fresh, compelling, and thoroughly fascinating look at Canadian identity through the lenses of Canadians living abroad. These expats have a unique perspective on being Canadian, as their identity is conditioned not only by who they are but where they are. This volume, and the insights found in each of the essays, is a must-read.  Each provides a glimpse into that looking glass, helping us understand how we see the world, see ourselves, and understand and come to terms with our identity.” (Michael K. Hawes, President and CEO, Fulbright Canada)

 


Editors and Affiliations

  • State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, USA

    Christopher Kirkey

  • School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

    Richard Nimijean

About the editors

Christopher Kirkey is Director of the Center for the Study of Canada and Institute on Quebec Studies at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, USA, and serves as President of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS). He is a co-editor, with Michael K. Hawes and Andrew C. Holman, of Canada in 1968: A Year and Its Legacies (2021).

Richard Nimijean is a member of the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and a Visiting Professor in the Department of English and American Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He is a co-editor, with David Carment, of Canada Among Nations 2020: Political Turmoil in a Tumultuous World (2021).


Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-86574-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)