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Canadian Studies

Making Men, Making History Canadian Masculinities across Time and Place Edited by Peter Gossage & Robert Rutherdale

February 2019 472pp 52 illus., 1 chart 9780774835640 £36.00 NIP UBC PRESS

What has it meant to be a man in Canada? Percy Nobbs, architect, fisherman, fencer; Andy Paull, residential school survivor and athlete; Yves Charbonneau, jazz musician and commune member; “James,” black and gay in postwar Windsor. Who were these men, and how did they identify as masculine? Populated with figures both well known and unknown, Making Men, Making History reveals the dissonance between ideals of manhood and masculinity and the everyday lives of Canadian men and boys. In this collection, Peter Gossage and Robert Rutherdale showcase some of the best new work in masculinity studies, exploring these themes entirely in Canadian historical settings. The first published collection devoted entirely to historical studies of Canadian masculinity, Making Men, Making History pushes the boundaries of what it has meant to be a man in Canada.

Political Elites in Canada

Power and Influence in Instantaneous Times Edited by Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson & Andrea Lawlor

Communication, Strategy, and Politics March 2019 340pp 8 charts, 20 tables 9780774837941 £31.00 NIP UBC PRESS

Political Elites in Canada offers a timely look at Canadian political power brokers and how they are adapting to a fast-paced digital media environment. Elite power structures are changing worldwide, with traditional influencers losing authority over prevailing social, economic, and political structures. In this new volume, the editors — Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson and Andrea Lawlor— explore the changing landscape for power brokers, the ascent of new elites, and how they are using digital communication to connect with Canadians in unprecedented ways. This is a must-read for those who care about the future of democracy in a world where the political elites continue to clash with the new populism in an ever-changing and dynamic political environment. Featuring studies of governmental decision makers in the public service and non-governmental influence brokers, such as social media commentators, this collection is a much-needed synthesis of elite politics in Canada.

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Putting Family First

Migration and Integration in Canada Edited by Harald Bauder May 2019 288pp 5 figures 9780774861267 £74.00 HB UBC PRESS

When migrants reach their new home, we often interpret their settlement and integration as an individual process driven largely by the labour market. But family plays a crucial role. The contributors to Putting Family First investigate the experience of immigrant families settling in the Greater Toronto area, from newcomers’ initial reception to their deep involvement in and attachment to their receiving society. Contributors explore such themes as the policy environment, children and youth, gender, labour markets and work, and community supports in order to illustrate how the family context can be mobilized to facilitate the successful integration of newcomers into their newly adopted home and country. Putting Family First contributes a fresh perspective in a crowded academic field.

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Undiplomatic History

The New Study of Canada and the World Edited by Asa McKercher & Philip Van Huizen

Rethinking Canada in the World April 2019 376pp 9780773556959 £27.99 PB 9780773556942 £99.00 HB MCGILL-QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY PRESS

When the field of Canadian history underwent major shifts in the 1990s, international history became marginalized and the focus turned away from foreign affairs. Over the past decade, however, the study of Canada and the world has been revitalized. Undiplomatic History charts these changes, bringing together leading and emerging historians of Canadian international and transnational relations to take stock of recent developments and to outline the course of future research. Following global trends in the wider historiography, contributors explore new lenses of historical analysis and emphasize the relevance of non-state actors. The essays in this volume challenge old ways of thinking and showcase how an exciting new generation of historians are asking novel questions about Canadians' interactions with people and places beyond the country's borders. Undiplomatic History maps out a path toward a vibrant and inclusive understanding of what constitutes Canadian foreign policy in an age of global connectivity.

At the Bridge

At the Wilderness Edge

June 2019 368pp 36 b&w photos 9780774861526 £31.00 PB 9780774861519 £79.00 HB

February 2019 216pp 9780773556409 £23.99 PB 9780773556300 £91.00 HB

James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging Wendy Wickwire


This book chronicles the little-known story of James Teit, a prolific ethnographer who worked with and advocated for the Indigenous peoples of British Columbia and the northwestern United States. Wickwire’s beautifully crafted narrative accords Teit the status he deserves, consolidating his place as a leading and innovative anthropologist.

Canada: The State of the Federation 2017

Canada at 150: Federalism and Democratic Renewal Edited by Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant & Kyle Hanniman

Queen's Policy Studies Series June 2019 296pp 9781553394587 £33.00 PB


This volume focuses on questions about the functioning of federalism and inter-governmental relations in Canada, including how the quality of Canada's institutions and practices should be evaluated, and how current arrangements and their alternatives fare according to these criteria.

The Rise of the Antidevelopment Movement on Canada's West Coast J.I. Little


An engaging study of grassroots politics in action and the people behind it, At the Wilderness Edge sheds new light on the rise of environmental consciousness in the 1960s, a pivotal era in the history and preservation of green spaces in and around British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, and Canada.

Canadian Environmental Philosophy

Edited by C. Tyler DesRoches, Frank Jankunis & Byron Williston

May 2019 352pp 9780773556676 £25.99 PB 9780773556669 £99.00 HB


Canadian Environmental Philosophy is the first collection of essays to take up theoretical and practical issues in environmental philosophy today, from a Canadian perspective. The essays covers various subjects, from ecological nationalism to the significance of the Anthropocene, showcasing a range as diverse and challenging as the Canadian landscape itself.

Be Wise! Be Healthy!

Morality and Citizenship in Canadian Public Health Campaigns Catherine Carstairs, Bethany Philpott & Sara Wilmshurst February 2019 308pp 16 b&w illus., 5 graphs, 1 table 9780774837194 £31.00 NIP UBC PRESS

Explores the history of public health from the 1920s to the 1970s and its emphasis on health as a responsibility of citizenship, stigmatizing marginalised groups in the process. This clear-eyed study demonstrates that while we may well celebrate the successes of public health campaigns, they are not without controversy.

Canadian Justice, Indigenous Injustice

The Gerald Stanley and Colten Boushie Case Kent Roach February 2019 328pp 9780773556386 £27.99 HB


In Canadian Justice, Indigenous Injustice, Roach critically reconstructs the 2016 Stanley/Boushie case to examine how it may be a miscarriage of justice. Informed and timely, Asearing account of one case that provides valuable insight into criminal justice, racism, and the treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Beyond Accommodation

Everyday Narratives of Muslim Canadians Jennifer Selby, Amelie Barras & Lori G. Beaman March 2019 284pp 9780774838290 £28.99 NIP UBC PRESS

Problems around social participation seem to dominate the research on minority Muslims in Western nations. Beyond Accommodation offers a different perspective, showing how Muslim Canadians successfully navigate and negotiate their religiosity. This book proposes an alternative picture of how religious difference is woven into the fabric of Canadian society.

Canadian Multimodal Transport Policy and Governance

G. Bruce Doern, John Coleman & Barry E. Prentice April 2019 488pp 9780773556690 £33.00 PB 9780773556683 £103.00 HB


A sweeping history of transportation policy in Canada that fills a gap in the existing literature, Canadian MultiModal Transport Policy and Governance concludes that transportation has been subordinate to other federal goals and priorities, delaying and eroding transport systems into the twenty-first century.

Change and Continuity

Canadian Political Economy in the New Millennium Edited by Mark P. Thomas, Leah F. Vosko, Carlo Fanelli & Olena Lyubchenko June 2019 432pp 9780773557413 £31.00 PB 9780773557406 £99.00 HB


This book presents innovative interdisciplinary research as a guide to exploring the past, present, and potential futures of the discipline, as well as understanding Canada's political economy and its contribution to progressive social change, offering insight into some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Doing Politics Differently? Women Premiers in Canada's Provinces and Territories Edited by Sylvia Bashevkin

May 2019 304pp 15 graphs, 19 tables 9780774860802 £74.00 HB UBC PRESS

This book assesses the track records of eleven women in top political offices in Canada’s provinces and territories, comparing their performance with the men who preceded and succeeded them. This innovative volume probes the importance of demographic diversity in top public office using a variety of powerful analytic lenses.

Class Actions in Canada

The Promise and Reality of Access to Justice Jasminka Kalajdzic

Law and Society January 2019 260pp 8 charts, 1 table 9780774837897 £28.99 NIP

Delivering Policy

The Contested Politics of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Canada Francesca Scala February 2019 256pp 9780774860093 £74.00 HB UBC PRESS

Atimely exploration of the evolution of collective litigation in Canada. Kalajdzic first proposes a conceptualization of access to justice that moves beyond access to court procedure. She then methodically assesses data and case studies to determine how class action practice fulfills or fails in its objectives.

Are assisted reproductive technologies a medical issue or a matter of public policy, subject to restrictions? Scala reveals both sides of the protracted debate that ensued in this compelling account, contributing to our understanding of the interaction between science and politics and the politics of expertise in policy making.

Fighting with the Empire

Flawed Precedent


Canada, Britain, and Global Conflict, 1867-1947 Edited by Steven Louis Marti & William J. Pratt Studies in Canadian Military History March 2019 220pp 9780774860406 £74.00 HB UBC PRESS

War forced Canadians to re-examine their relationship to Britain and to one another. Fighting with the Empire examines the paradox of a national contribution to an imperial war effort, finding middle ground between affirming the emergence of a nation through warfare and equating Canadian nationalism with British imperialism.

The St. Catherine’s Case and Aboriginal Title Kent McNeil

Landmark Cases in Canadian Law May 2019 224pp 10 b&w photos, 4 maps 9780774861069 £24.99 PB 9780774861052 £69.00 HB UBC PRESS

In 1888, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council ruled in the St. Catherine’s case, defining the legal contours of Aboriginal title in Canada for almost a century. McNeil examines the trial and its context in detail, writing a compelling account of a landmark case that undermined Indigenous land rights.

Diversity Counts

Gender, Race, and Representation in Canadian Art Galleries Anne Dymond May 2019 216pp 9780773556737 £27.99 PB 9780773556720 £91.00 HB


A thoughtful examination of the duty of public galleries to represent, Dymond's study bravely navigates the unspoken criteria for acceptance in the curatorial world. Demonstrating how important hard data is for inclusivity, Diversity Counts is a timely analysis that brings the art world up to date on progressive movements for social transformation.

Four Unruly Women

Stories of Incarceration and Resistance from Canada’s Most Notorious Prison Ted McCoy

March 2019 152pp 8 b&w photos 9780774838887 £16.99 PB 9780774838870 £74.00 HB UBC PRESS

McCoy tells the stories of four women in Canada’s most notorious prison in poignant detail. These women served sentences at different times over a century, but the inhumanity they suffered was consistent. This book presents profoundly disturbing evidence of the hidden costs of isolation, punishment, and mass incarceration.

Gendered Mediation

Identity and Image Making in Canadian Politics Edited by Angelia Wagner & Joanna Everitt

High Time

The Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada Edited by Andrew Potter & Daniel Weinstock

Communication, Strategy, and Politics April 2019 242pp 8 graphs, 9 tables 9780774860550 £74.00 HB

March 2019 280pp 9780773556416 £17.99 PB 9780773556362 £91.00 HB

Lost Harvests

Mackenzie King in the Age of the Dictators


Gendered Mediation takes an original approach to the study of gender and political communication by examining the implications of intersecting notions of gender, sexuality, race, age, and class in Canadian politics. Its findings have profound implications for democracy not only in Canada but for democratic political systems elsewhere.

Prairie Indian Reserve Farmers and Government Policy Sarah Carter

McGill-Queen's Native and Northern Series May 2019 368pp 9780773557444 £27.99 PB MCGILL-QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY PRESS

Carter provides an in-depth study of government policy, Indian responses, and the socio-economic condition of the reserve communities on the prairies in the post-treaty era. The new introduction by the author offers a reflection on the book, the influences that shaped it, and the issues and approaches that remain to be explored.


While the legalization of marijuana in Canada begins with a straightforward change of the law, its ramifications go far beyond this. The essays in this book address these outcomes from three main perspectives and brings together analysis by policy makers and scholars, providing a necessary overview of Canada's Cannabis Act.

Canada's Imperial and Foreign Policies Roy MacLaren

April 2019 360pp 9780773557147 £27.99 HB


MacLaren leads readers through the political labyrinth that led to Canada's involvement in the Second World War and its awakening as a forceful nation on the world stage. A focused view of an important period in Canadian history, this book shows Canada under King's cautious eye and ultimately ineffective guiding hand.

Hunters on the Track

William Penny and the Search for Franklin W. Gillies Ross June 2019 536pp 9780773552838 £33.00 HB


Using primary sources, notably private journals from each of the expeditions, this book describes and analyzes the efforts made by the William Penny to locate Franklin's missing expedition, placing him at the forefront of a critical chapter of maritime history and the geographical exploration that began after Franklin disappeared.

Métis Politics and Governance in Canada

Kelly Saunders & Janique Dubois April 2019 190pp 9780774860758 £74.00 HB UBC PRESS

This timely book offers a practical guide for understanding who the Métis are and the challenges they face on the path to self-government. Drawing on the Métis language, the authors demonstrate how the Métis have adapted their governance structures within the Canadian context to meet the needs of Métis citizens.

L' Église et la politique québécoise, de Taschereau à Duplessis Alexandre Dumas

March 2019 376pp 9780773556713 £33.00 PB


This book reconsiders preconceived notions about the historical role of the Catholic Church within Quebec politics. Consulting archives that have never before been made available, Dumas comes to the surprising conclusion that Quebec's Catholic Church was perhaps more sympathetic to the Liberal Party than to the Union Nationale.

Moved by the State

Forced Relocation and Making a Good Life in Postwar Canada Tina Loo

Brenda and David McLean Canadian Studies May 2019 208pp 20 photos, 12 maps, 2 tables 9780774861007 £74.00 HB UBC PRESS

From the 1950s to the 1970s, the Canadian government relocated people living in rural and urban communities to alleviate the lack of social services and economic opportunities. Loo offers a new interpretation of this action, revealing the optimistic belief underpinning postwar relocations: the power of the interventionist state to do good.

Not Quite Us

Anti-Catholic Thought in English Canada since 1900 Kevin P. Anderson

McGill-Queen's Studies in the History of Religion March 2019 360pp 9780773556553 £27.99 PB 9780773556546 £99.00 HB MCGILL-QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY PRESS

Analyzing the connections between anti-Catholicism and national identity in English Canada, Examines the consistency of anti-Catholic tropes in the discourses of leading figures, how equating Protestantism with democracy and individualism permeated ideas of national identity and how it continues to define Canada into the twenty-first century.

Provincial Battles, National Prize?

Elections in a Federal State Laura B. Stephenson, Andrea Lawlor, William P. Cross & André Blais

June 2019 200pp 9780773557390 £23.99 PB 9780773557383 £83.00 HB


Focusing on the 2015 Canadian election campaigns in three large provinces, this book evaluates whether we should understand elections in Canada as national wars or individual provincial clashes, in the first and only thorough treatment of the party, media, and voter aspects of a federal election campaign through a subnational lens.

Nothing to Write Home About

British Family Correspondence and the Settler Colonial Everyday in British Columbia Laura Ishiguro

March 2019 372pp 9780774838436 £74.00 HB UBC PRESS

This book uncovers the significance of British family correspondence sent between the United Kingdom and British Columbia between 1858 and 1914. Ishiguro draws on thousands of letter to highlight the critical role they played in laying the foundations of a powerful settler order that continues to structure the province today.


Un tableau d'Adam Miller Clarence Epstein, François-Marc Gagnon, Donald Kuspit & Alexandre Turgeon

April 2019 112pp 9780773557277 £33.00 PB


The 2017 painting Quebec by Miller represents over four hundred years of Quebec history, featuring recognizable Quebec and Canadian politicians, ordinary and allegorical figures. Bringing together a collection of commentaries on the painting and its artist, this volume contemplates the Quebec and Canadian experience and the bonds that link art and history.

One Hundred Years of Struggle

Ours by Every Law of Right and Justice

Women’s Suffrage and the Struggle for Democracy November 2018 328pp 35 b&w photos 9780774835343 £19.99 NIP

Women’s Suffrage and the Struggle for Democracy July 2019 272pp 25 b&w photos 9780774861878 £24.99 HB

The History of Women and the Vote in Canada Joan Sangster

Women and the Vote in the Prairie Provinces Sarah Carter


Sangster looks beyond the rhetoric of anniversary celebrations of women winning the vote in 1918 and offers a more inclusive story for a new generation to show that the struggle for equality included gains and losses, inclusions and exclusions, depending on a woman’s race, class, and location within the nation.

Many of Canada’s most famous suffragists lived and campaigned in the Prairie provinces. Although they petitioned for the vote, they often approved of that same right being denied to “foreigners” and Indigenous peoples. This powerful book shows that the right to vote meant different things to different people.

Recasting History

Revolutions across Borders

How CBC Television Has Shaped Canada's Past Monica MacDonald April 2019 256pp 9780773556324 £23.99 PB 9780773556317 £91.00 HB


MacDonald draws on a wide range of major documentaries and docudramas and explores how producers struggled to represent the Canadian past under a range of external and internal pressures. This book reveals the conflicts, compromises, and controversies that have shaped the CBC version of the Canadian past.


Jacksonian America and the Canadian Rebellion Edited by Maxime Dagenais & Julien Mauduit Rethinking Canada in the World April 2019 368pp 9780773556652 £23.99 PB 9780773556645 £99.00 HB MCGILL-QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY PRESS

While the 1837-38 Canadian Rebellion is often perceived localized event, this book demonstrates that this uprising was a major continental crisis with dramatic transnational consequences. Reevaluating the implications of this transnational conflict, Revolutions across Borders brings new life and understanding to this turning point in the history of North America.

Ruling Out Art

Seeking the Court’s Advice

Law and Society April 2019 224pp 33 b&w photos 9780774837088 £74.00 HB

Law and Society May 2019 248pp 3 charts, 8 tables 9780774861106 £74.00 HB

Media Art Meets Law in Ontario’s Censor Wars Taryn Sirove


In the 1980s, the Ontario Board of Censors began to subject media artists’ work to the same cuts, bans, and warning labels as commercial film. This innovative exploration of how art and law intersected turns a spotlight on the powerful role that artists can play in the administration of culture.

The Canadian Party System An Analytic History Richard Johnston

November 2018 336pp 55 figures, 15 tables 9780774836081 £31.00 NIP UBC PRESS

The Canadian party system is a deviant case among the Anglo-American democracies. Unruly and inscrutable, it is a system that defies logic and classification – until now. Johnston’s findings shed light on the main puzzles of the Canadian case, while contesting the received wisdom of the comparative study of democratic systems elsewhere.

The Politics of the Canadian Reference Power Kate Puddister


The first study of its kind, this work draws on over two hundred reference cases from 1875 to 2017 to show that the actual outcome of a reference case is often secondary to the political benefits that can be attained from relying on courts through the reference power.

The Empire on the Western Front The British 62nd and Canadian 4th Divisions in Battle Geoffrey Jackson

Studies in Canadian Military History February 2019 378pp 11 b&w photos, 11 maps 9780774860147 £79.00 HB UBC PRESS

In August 1914, Great Britain and its dominions were faced with the formidable challenge of transforming masses of untrained citizen-soldiers into competent, coordinated fighting divisions. Focuses on the development of two such divisions to show how the British Expeditionary Force rose to this challenge.

Sovereignty and Command in Canada–US Continental Air Defence, 1940–57

Tear Gas Epiphanies

Protest, Culture, Museums Kirsty Robertson

Studies in Canadian Military History January 2019 312pp 27 b&w photos, 3 illus., 4 maps 9780774836883 £28.99 NIP

McGill-Queen's/Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation Studies in Art History May 2019 400pp 9780773557017 £33.00 PB 9780773557000 £103.00 HB


Combining historical narrative with conceptual analysis of US-Canadian relations, Goette argues that a functional military transition from an air defence system based on cooperation to one based on integrated and centralized command and control under NORAD allowed Canada to retain command of its forces and thus protect Canadian sovereignty.

This book traces the as-yet-untold story of political action at museums in Canada from the early twentieth century to the present, looking at how museums do or do not archive protest ephemera and examining a range of responses to actions taking place at their thresholds, from active encouragement to belligerent dismissal.

The Last Suffragist Standing

The Nature of Canada

Richard Goette

The Life and Times of Laura Marshall Jamieson Veronica Strong-Boag

March 2019 284pp 14 b&w photos, 1 map 9780774838696 £28.99 NIP UBC PRESS

This book is an unprecedented study of Laura Marshall Jamieson, the last suffragist in Canada to be elected to a provincial or federal legislature. Strong-Boag turns this compelling account of a woman’s life into an illuminating work on the history of feminism, socialism, internationalism, and activism in Canada.


Edited by Colin M. Coates & Graeme Wynn

May 2019 320pp 72 b&w photos, 4 maps, 2 charts 9780774890366 £23.99 PB UBC PRESS

Intended to delight and provoke, these short, beautifully crafted essays, explore how humans have engaged with the Canadian environment and what those interactions say about the nature of Canada. The foremost stars in the field of environmental history reflect on how we have idolized and found inspiration in nature.

The Terrific Engine

Income Taxation and the Modernization of the Canadian Political Imaginary David Tough

January 2019 200pp 3 b&w photos, 7 illus. 9780774836784 £28.99 NIP UBC PRESS

Examines how income taxation modernized political language in the early-twentieth century, controversially arguing that income taxation was established by popular demand, first to replace existing taxes and then to address income inequality. In establishing a clear basis for party differences, income taxation made elections significantly more democratic.

To Be Equals in Our Own Country

Women and the Vote in Quebec Denyse Baillargeon Translated by Käthe Roth

Women’s Suffrage and the Struggle for Democracy March 2019 224pp 7 illus., 12 b&w photos 9780774838481 £24.99 HB UBC PRESS

A passionate yet even-handed account of the road to suffrage in Quebec, examining women’s political participation since winning the vote in 1940 and comparing their struggle to movements in other countries. This exploration of enfranchisement rightly recognizes suffrage as a fundamental question of human rights.

The Transcultural Streams of Chinese Canadian Identities Edited by Jessica Tsui-yan Li

April 2019 200pp 9780773556850 £27.99 PB 9780773556843 £91.00 HB


Taking an innovative approach to the ways in which Chinese Canadians adapt to and construct the Canadian multicultural mosaic, The Transcultural Streams of Chinese Canadian Identities explores various patterns of Chinese cultural interchanges in Canada and how they intertwine with the community's sense of disengagement and belonging.

What’s Trending in Canadian Politics?

Understanding Transformations in Power, Media, and the Public Sphere Edited by Mireille Lalancette, Vincent Raynauld & Erin Crandall

Communication, Strategy, and Politics July 2019 274pp 15 charts, 23 tables 9780774861151 £74.00 HB UBC PRESS

Contributors investigate the uses of digital media within political movements and action. Original and timely, this interdisciplinary volume lays robust theoretical and methodological foundations for the study of transformative trends in Canadian political communication.

They Shot, He Scored

The Life and Music of Eldon Rathburn James K. Wright May 2019 384pp 9780773557154 £33.00 HB


Thumbing a Ride

Hitchhikers, Hostels, and Counterculture in Canada Linda Mahood

March 2019 344pp 29 b&w photos 9780774837347 £28.99 NIP

With the aid of extensive archival and documentary materials, this book chronicles Rathburn's life and works, beginning with his formative years in Saint John, New Brunswick, and his breakthrough in Los Angeles, illuminating the extraordinary career of an unsung creative force in the film and music industry.

As a network of roads and hostels spread across Canada, so did the practice of hitchhiking. Mahmood examines its rise and fall in the 1970s and asks questions about hitchhiking as a rite of passage, and about adult intervention that turned a subculture into a pressing moral and social issue.

Recent Highlights

Breaking News?

A Family Matter

Citizenship, Conjugal Relationships, and Canadian Immigration Policy Megan Gaucher November 2018 244pp 9780774836432 £25.99 NIP UBC PRESS

As many Western governments ponder more restrictive immigration policies, this book offers a timely examination of the Harper government’s strict definition of family and proposes a course for reevaluating how family is defined and implementing fairer assessments of immigrants and refugees.


Politics, Journalism, and Infotainment on Quebec Television Frédérick Bastien Translated by Käthe Roth

Communication, Strategy, and Politics August 2018 236pp 7 charts, 1 table 9780774836838 £25.99 NIP UBC PRESS

Traces the development of infotainment and explores the impact of these kinds of programs on modern political communication. Though not without its controversies, infotainment ultimately makes a positive contribution to democratic life by piquing the audience’s interest in public affairs and motivating it to pay more attention to political news.

Buying Happiness

The Emergence of Consumer Consciousness in English Canada Bettina Liverant November 2018 288pp 10 illus. 9780774835145 £31.00 NIP UBC PRESS

Explores the way that key public thinkers represented, conceputalized, and institutionalized new ideas about consumption in Canada. Liverant’s fresh approach connects the emergence and diffusion of these new ideas with changes in political processes and social policy.

Lived Fictions

Unity and Exclusion in Canadian Politics John Grant

September 2018 304pp 9780774836487 £31.00 NIP UBC PRESS

Explores how desire for political unity generates a collective commitment to certain lived fictions that shape our understanding of political legitimacy and responsibility. Canada promises unity through a range of policies, but Grant documents the historical failure of these promises, elaborating the radical institutional and intellectual changes needed to overcome them.

Canada and the Ethics of Constitutionalism

Identity, Destiny, and Constitutional Faith Samuel V. Laselva

December 2018 368pp 9780773555310 £27.99 PB 9780773555303 £99.00 HB


Argues that, in order to understand the old Canada of Confederation and the new one that followed the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, it is necessary to see how distinctive Canadian constitutionalism is and how that distinctiveness does not depend on borrowings from the British or American constitutional models.

Minority Languages, National Languages, and Official Language Policies

Edited by Gillian Lane-Mercier, Denise Merkle & Jane Koustas

December 2018 344pp 9780773554948 £31.00 PB 9780773554931 £99.00 HB


Examines the principles, theory, intentions, and outcomes of official policies of multilingualism at the city, regional, and national levels through international case studies. The eleven chapters bring to the fore the many paradoxes that underlie the concept of diversity, lived experiences of and attitudes toward linguistic and cultural diversity.

Enforcing Exclusion

Literary Impostors

Precarious Migrants and the Law in Canada Sarah Marsden

Canadian Autofiction of the Early Twentieth Century Rosmarin Heidenreich


Through interviews with migrants and their advocates, Marsden shows that people with precarious migration status face barriers in law, affecting their ability to address adverse working conditions and their access to institutions such as hospitals and schools. Marsden questions the adequacy of human rights-based responses in addressing these forms of exclusion.


Examining instances of Canadian writers who faked their identities, Heidenrich argues that their imposture was not fraudulent in the usual sense: these writers forged new identities to become who they felt they really were. In an age of proliferating cyber identities and controversial claims to ancestry, this book raises timely questions involving race, migrancy and gender.

Representation in Action


Law and Society August 2018 224pp 9780774837736 £74.00 HB

Canadian MPs in the Constituencies Royce Koop, Heather Bastedo & Kelly Blidook July 2018 248pp 1 diagram, 11 maps, 3 tables 9780774836982 £28.99 NIP UBC PRESS

Challenges the view that Canadian members of parliament are powerless and shows that the ways they represent their constituents are as diverse as Canada itself. Drawing on original observational and interview research and featuring in-depth case studies, this is the first book using intensive participant-observation methods to study Canadian MPs and representation.

August 2018 352pp 9780773554542 £31.00 PB 9780773554535 £103.00 HB

Paul Litt

October 2018 424pp 46 b&w photos, 12 cartoons 9780774834056 £25.99 NIP UBC PRESS

Traces what happened when the fabled spirit of the sixties met the excitement of the Centennial and Expo 67. Canadians wanted to modernize and differentiate their nation from the US, and defuse Quebec separatism. This marked a passionate quest for a new Canada, defining the values of Canadians for decades to come.