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Lecture

Sept 2010 Social Imaginary class 2


Department
Diaspora and Transnational Studies
Course Code
DTS200Y1
Professor
Kevin Lewis O' Neill

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September 24th, 2010
* The Social Imaginary refers to how people imagine their existence; it appears that the use of
the word imaginary is complementary rather than confrontational.
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formed/developed?
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their own, developed nations or communities as a commitment to the fallacy of the other.
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economy or the long-gun registry)
- Where you buy goods and services and which currency you use to buy these goods and services
Æ these offer crucial, financial support to the relevant nation-states
Canada is claimed word from the Stadacona word kanada which meant a cluster of homes ±
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weapons that were used to colonize the territory of Canada, the name, the weapons used, the
historic-geography (upper Canada and lower Canada) ± each of these are relics of the colonial
period
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