February 3, 2014
Dominant Canadian is centered around the myth the Canadians are tolerant and
Project of Nationbuilding: the Canadian flag, plays “Spirit of a Nation”
Mackey argues that dominant nation imagines are dominated by English Canadian and
in particular of British background, people and stories
Media as a form of cultural production, it is not only done by anglowhite Canadians.
Constructing Canadian Culture(s): Media and Multiculturalism
How culturalism is brought in to dominant media productions, by speaking of Little
Mosque of the Prairie.
Deconstructing dominant culture is important because we see it is not a natural culture, it
has been created.
This is we why see the following media texts Little Mosque on the Prairie and
Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner.
Some scholars have argued that those often excluded from these dominant cultural
narratives from what often is called the public sphere, they from their own
Through these processes of exclusion people form their own groups to discuss
the type of things that are important.
These are developed when people’s voices are excluded from these
These publics and cultural identities are often formed in relation to the dominant publics.
Its partly formed to the idea of exclusion to this public.
It is developed as oppositional, opposing things that are discussed.
Things the like the rise of the Internet has offered big forum for these counterpublics
because you can distribute things to mass audience.
Often they are incorporated into the dominant public.
Land, Spirit, Power
1992 National Gallery Exhibit: Land, Spirit, Power: First Nations at the National
Gallery of Canada
Presents artist with “hybrid, complex and fluid identities” (Mackey 85)
Presented artists on their own terms.
Could offer another sphere of discussion counterpublic
Mackey says we need to pay attention to how the artists and exhibit was
received, and this fit into the dominant narratives.
The exhibit was incorporated into the dominant narrative of Canadianness.
Canadian relations with native people were better than US relations with native
people. Little Mosque on the Prairie
When it first aired in 2007 it was surrounded by international buzz
It is a show about Muslims in Canada.
When talking about media as anthropologist we must pay attention to form, content
(what does it say?), production, and reception.
What is the context of production according to this week’s article?
Production: created by Zarq Nawaz, a BritishCanadian writer, journalist, filmmaker, of
Moved to Canada, raised in Toronto, then moved to Saskatchewan
She talks about it responding to dominant narratives in North American Media.