Media & Culture

  • Noble Illusions

    Young Canada Goes to War

    By Stephen Dale     September 2014

    “An important account of why young Canadians ‘voluntarily’ enlisted for the senseless slaughter that was World War I. Noble Illusions is an antidote to the political forces trying to re-create that political culture today.” — Yves Engler, author of The Ugly Canadian

    Learn More
  • Cantwells’ Way

    A Natural History of the Cape Spear Lightstation

    By James E. Candow     June 2014

    In Cantwells’ Way, James E. Candow examines the relationship between people, place and technology at the Cape Spear Lightstation in Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Learn More
  • Stitched Up

    The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion

    By Tansy E. Hoskins     March 2014

    Stitched Up delves into the exclusive and alluring world of fashion to expose class division, gender stereotyping and wasteful consumption.

    Learn More
  • The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    An Investigation into the Scapegoating of Canada’s Grey Seal

    By Linda Pannozzo     October 2013

    In The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Linda Pannozzo finds that grey seals are scapegoats for the federal government’s mismanagement of the cod stocks, deflecting attention away from the effects of global warming and the continued use of destructive fishing methods. The collapse of the cod, its failure to recover and the recent recommendations for large-scale grey seal culls are stark reminders of how fisheries, science and public policy are increasingly estranged from each other.

    Learn More
  • Yellow Ribbons

    The Militarization of National Identity in Canada

    By A.L.  McCready     September 2013

    Since 2001 and the beginning of the “War on Terror,” Canadian culture has undergone a profound militarization. Moving away from previous myths of national identity centred on notions of multiculturalism and peacekeeping, Canada is increasingly being defined through a new patriotism based on military and policing actions around the world.

    Learn More
  • The Science Files

    Questions and Answers from A – Z

    By Richard Zurawski     August 2013

    The Science Files is about the questions that listeners have been asking about science and the way the world, nature and the universe works.

    Learn More
  • Critical Inquiries

    A Reader in Studies of Canada

    Edited by Lynn Caldwell, Darryl Leroux and Carrianne Leung     April 2013

    This book takes a bold, critical approach to Canadian studies, framing Canada as an ongoing colonial project. The contributors assess how policy programs, such as multiculturalism and national arts funding and cultural monuments and symbols, such as the Famous Five Monument, the Tunnels of Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan’s Centennial, are all shaped within this colonial matrix.

    Learn More
  • Television and the Earth

    Not A Love Story

    By Jennifer Ellen Good     February 2013

    Habitat loss, the extinction of species, severe droughts, rapidly diminishing polar ice, hugely powerful and destructive storms – how have we arrived at such a precarious point in the environmental history of our planet? In Television and the Earth: Not a Love Story, Jennifer Ellen Good argues that one of the fundamental reasons for the wholesale neglect and destruction of our environment is television – or, more precisely, the stories told on television. Stories have always been vital to how we make sense of the world, but in the historical blink of an eye, mediated communication changed the source and content of our stories. And no mediated storyteller continues to have a greater impact on our lives than television. Exploring the essential, and essentially devastating, role television’s celebration of materialism plays in our world, this book arrives at the conclusion that there is nothing more responsible for environmental degradation than the materialism of the affluent countries of the world – and nothing teaches materialism more effectively than television.

    Learn More
  • Religion, Sex and Politics

    Christian Churches and Same-Sex Marriage in Canada

    By Pamela Dickey Young     August 2012

    Same-sex marriage continues to be a heated issue in Canadian politics. Why does this issue persist in the headlines and remain so controversial? What place does religion have in legislative and legal decisions? Religion, Sex and Politics analyzes the same-sex marriage debate in Canada by examining the intersections between religion, sexuality and public policy. Furthermore, the various arguments made by religious groups, both for and against same-sex marriage, are discussed, illustrating the range of perspectives on sexuality espoused by Christian groups and the numerous ways in which they influence the outcomes of legislation and court decisions.

    Learn More
  • About Canada: Media

    By Peter Steven     September 2011

    Canada enjoys a long-held reputation for producing high-quality media, from National Film Board documentaries to the CBC to children’s programming. But in recent years, funding cuts, commercial media concentration and a sour political environment have been steadily eroding this reputation. In About Canada: Media, Peter Steven examines developments in film, television, the internet and newspapers and finds that the quality of our news and entertainment media is steadily declining, as well as becoming increasingly restricted and less diverse. Although Canada is not alone in this crisis of quality, we are particularly vulnerable living in the shadow of the United States. However, despite this decline and the shadow of our southern neighbour, Canada still produces distinctive and popular work, which receives critical international acclaim. About Canada: Media explores all things CanCon and argues that the Canadian people must reclaim the media from elite interests in order to ensure its democratic and quality future.

    Learn More