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SOCB47H3 Lecture Notes - Cn Tower, European Canadian, Dua

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Francisco Villegas

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Lecture 3
Correction: description answers what questions and analysis answers how
and why questions.
Slide 2
Racism is not singular.
o Oppression.
Structural differences affect access to opportunities.
Power is changing, not situated in one place/person.
Material symbolic benefit to the oppressor.
Analyzing how we articulate social differences
Drawing from our experiential knowledge
Understanding how differential power and privilege work in society
Using race as an entry point
Extending the discussion to include global political economic issues
Engaging in a progressive politics for social transformation
Slide 3
Relational (not only top-down, web)
Embossed in social relations, not natural or inherent in individuals
Slide 5
What do we mean by foundational: help set up, the base, the very
beginning and what holds it together.
o Arising???
Even though??
And, some of the policies and societal behaviors in Canada today still
exhibit a white settler project as we‟ll discuss in a couple of weeks.
Slide 6
Pride in one‟s country.
Privileging of one‟s nation.
Beliefs, values shared.
National symbols beaver, melting pot (mosaic), flag, landmarks (CN
tower), Tim Horton‟s, hockey.
Slide 7
Chronology involved in the production of a nation.
Let‟s Break It Down
o Collection of people
o Believe they share a common past and are destined to share a
common future
Continuum: Glorious past present even better future
o Often have a common language
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o Sense of otherness from groups around them
o Commitment to fostering above beliefs and
o Promoting policies to do so (therefore nationalism takes constant
work, repetition)
Slide 8
National anthems, hockey, national holidays and events (remembrance
day), wearing red and white, wearing maple leafs jersey, watching events
and recording them (Olympics), nice, polite, eat bacon.
Slide 10
o Have to manage populations (in this case in terms of race).
o Imagine a specific national identity.
Slide 11
Cultural and physical genocide that occurred to the First Nations.
Canada first movement: creating an image of a northern face that
represents monarchy and contrasting the U.S. who is more weaker and
Coherent identity.
Canada First Movement
o In the mid to late 1800s, what we now would describe as
„Canadians‟ were having difficulties creating a coherent “identity”
o Faced threats of being forcibly incorporated to
The U.S.
French speaking “Canada”
o There was also a need to differentiate themselves from racialized
o All this led to the Canada First Movement
Canada First Movement
Canada = Britain of the North
Canada‟s geographical location = unique
White Canadians
o Had a link to other “northern races” (European?)
o Different from the U.S.
Linked environment to character
o Described environment strong and masculine versus places in the
south which were describes as feminine and therefore “weaker”
Slide 15
Contractions of the Canada First Movement
1. Presence of French and Aboriginal communities
o If Canada was only fit for „northern races‟ which they describes as
white Anglo Saxon?
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