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Creating Postwar Canada

Community, Diversity, and Dissent, 1945-75

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Creating Postwar Canada

Community, Diversity, and Dissent, 1945-75

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.

360 pages

Table of Contents


Introduction / Magda Fahrni and Robert Rutherdale

Part 1: Imagining Postwar Communities

1 Constructing the “Eskimo” Wife: White Women’s Travel Writing, Colonialism, and the Canadian North, 1940-60 / Joan Sangster

2 The Intellectual Origins of the October Crisis / Éric Bédard

3 Acadian New Brunswick’s Ambivalent Leap into the Canadian Liberal Order / Joel Belliveau

4 The “Narcissism of Small Differences”: The Invention of Canadian English, 1951-67 / Steven High

5 From Liberalism to Nationalism: Peter C. Newman’s Discovery of Canada / Robert Wright

6 Multilateralism, Nationalism, and Bilateral Free Trade: Competing Visions of Canadian Economic and Trade Policy, 1945-70 / Dimitry Anastakis

7 Selling by the Carload: The Early Years of Fast Food in Canada / Steve Penfold

Part 2: Diversity and Dissent

8 Leisure, Consumption, and the Public Sphere: Postwar Debates over Shopping Regulations in Vancouver and Victoria during the Cold War / Michael Dawson

9 Men Behind the Marquee: Greasing the Wheels of Vansterdam’s Professional Striptease Scene, 1950-75 / Becki Ross

10 New “Faces” for Fathers: Memory, Life-Writing, and Fathers as Providers in the Postwar Consumer Era / Robert Rutherdale

11 “We Adopted a Negro”: Interracial Adoption and the Hybrid Baby in 1960s Canada / Karen Dubinsky

12 “Chastity Outmoded!” The Ubyssey, Sex, and the Single Girl, 1960-70 / Christabelle Sethna

13 Law versus Medicine: The Debate over Drug Use in the 1960s / Marcel Martel



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