CAST 1100H Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Civic Nationalism, Ethnic Nationalism

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28 Jul 2016
Professor
Consensus or Decensus?
Reminders
Exam: December 9th
o2-4 pm in the Gym
Introduction
Ignatieff
oContinuing as a nation will be an “act of imagination”
oWe must develop the “capacity to understand the moral worlds different form
our own…” (138)
Pennings and Van Pelt:
oPredict a “dissensus” (i.e. difference of opinion) about where Canada is heading
oArgue there is no longer a broad consensus about what constitutes Canadian
values
Keyword
oCivic nationalism
Civic Nationalism
Ignatieff’s final chapter is doubtful: can rights hold us together?
Ethnic nationalism: national identity based on shared ethnicity, genealogy, language
Civic nationalism: national identity based on shared civic culture, common values, rights
and obligations
oScholars argue Canada switched from ethnic to civic nationalism in the 1960’s
oIgnatieff, Pennings and Van Pelt are arguing if this shared culture is enough to
hold us together
Consensus
P and VP and Iggy agree that there has been a broad consensus about what Canada is or
should be
Consensus (c. 1960s – 1990s)
oPeacekeeping, multiculturalism, strong central government programs, the
primacy of the Charter of Rights
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