In Search of Canadian Political Culture

Nelson Wiseman

  • Published: 2008
  • Subject Listing: Political Science, Canadian Studies, Cultural Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 344 pp., 6" x 9"
  • Territorial rights: U.S. rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

What do we really mean by phrases such as "western Canadian political culture," "the centrist political culture of Ontario," "Red Toryism in the Maritimes," or "Prairie socialism"? What historical, geographical, and sociological factors came into play as these cultures were forged? In this book, Nelson Wiseman addresses many such questions, offering new ways of conceiving Canadian political culture.

The most thorough review of the national political ethos written in a generation, In Search of Canadian Political Culture offers a bottom-up, regional analysis that challenges how we think and write about Canada. It will interest specialists in Canadian political culture and generalists in Canadian politics.

Nelson Wiseman is an associated professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. An expert on social democracy as well as current political trends, he is frequently called upon by the media.
List of Tables
1. Pathways to Canadian Political Culture
2. Surveying and Comparing Political Cultures
3. Constitutions and Institutions as Culture
4. Culture, Biculture, Multiculture, Aboriginal Culture
5. Regions and Political Culture
6. Atlantic Canada: Traditional Political Culture?
7. Quebec: Political Culture of a Distinct Society
8. Ontario: Archetypal English Canadian Political Culture
9. The Midwest: Social Democratic Political Culture?
10. The Far West: Parvenu Political Culture
Bibliographic Note