SOUS LA DIRECTION DE MAGDA FAHRNI ET ROBERT RUTHERDALE
Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press, 2008, 360 pages.
Creating Postwar Canada showcases new research on this complex period, exploring postwar Canada’s diverse symbols and battlegrounds. Contributors to the first half of the collection consider evolving definitions of the nation, examining the ways in which Canada was reimagined to include both the Canadian North and landscapes structured by trade and commerce. The essays in the latter half analyze debates on shopping hours, professional striptease, the “provider” role of fathers, interracial adoption, sexuality on campus, and illegal drug use, issues that shaped how the country defined itself in sociocultural and political terms. This collection contributes to the historiography of nationalism, gender and the family, consumer cultures, and countercultures.