Canadian Society: Meeting the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century by Dan Glenday

Canadian Society: Meeting the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century

EditorDan Glenday, Ann Duffy

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The last two decades have brought profound changes and most Canadians who experienced this period in our history marked them as a crucial turning point in the evolution of Canadian society. Each day, the media provided evidence of the growing tension around such pivotal issues as the need fortrade unions in a post-industrial, information society, the violence of racism in urban centres, gender inequalities, poverty, the economic, political and environmental fall-out from U.S. governmental policies, and the relationship, if any, of Quebec in Canadian Confederation. Canadians across thecountry recognize that they are faced with a rapidly changing and increasingly more complex world. The basic theme that connects all the contributions to this text are problems and issues of inequality. The first section introduces the reader to three crucial issues currently challenging Canada: the role that trade unions can and will play in shaping the future; the gap between the rich and thepoor; and the difficulty in ameliorating racial tensions. Section two turns its attention to institutions in crisis, examining the role of the state in alleviating social strains and conflict, public education and under-employment in the Information Age, and the nature of crime and criminality inCanada. The final section introduces the role of specific social movement and their struggles for social justice. Taken as a whole, the essays contained in this volume provide the basis for serious consideration of what form Canadians want their country to take as we face the hard truths and meetthe challenges that confront us.

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Dan Glenday is a Professor in the Labour Studies Program, and Ann Duffy is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, both at Brock University.
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Title:Canadian Society: Meeting the Challenges of the Twenty-first CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:October 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: The Challenges Facing Canadian SocietyPart I. Canada in Conflict: Burdens of Past Inequality1. Dan Glenday: Off the Ropes? New Challenges and Strengths Facing Trade Unions in Canada2. Rick Ponting: Racism and Resistance3. Ann Duffy and Nancy Mandell: The Growth in Poverty and Social Inequality: Losing Faith in Social JusticePart II. Institutions in Crisis4. Norene Pupo: The Role of the State in a Restructured Economy5. David Livingstone: Public Education at the Crossroads: Confronting Underemployment in a Knowledge Society6. Kelly Hannah-Moffat: An Introduction to Crime in CanadaPart III. Movements Towards Social Change7. Peta Tancred and Huguette Dagenais: Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies: The Academic Arm of the Women's Movement8. Gary Kinsman: Gays and Lesbians: Pushing the Boundaries9. James Coteand Anton Allahar: Youth: The Disinherited GenerationPart IV. Sociological Frontiers Into the Twenty-First Century10. Hubert Guindon: Quebec's Social and Political Evolution Since 1945: A View from Within11. Kathleen Riel: A Poisoned Environment: Challenges for the Next MillenniumList of ContributorsIndex