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Misrecognized Materialists: Social Movements in Canadian Constitutional Politics

Misrecognized Materialists: Social Movements in Canadian Constitutional Politics (Hardback)

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Canada's history of intense constitutional debate is often

depicted as a source of national embarrassment -- a diversion from more

sensible endeavours. Misrecognized Materialists tells a

different story. Beginning with the Rowell-Sirois hearings of the Great

Depression and concluding with the national unity wars of the late

1980s and early 1990s, Matt James details how groups representing

marginalized constituencies -- women, working-class people, and

ethnocultural minorities -- were able to use the Canadian

constitutional arena to pursue traditionally neglected aspirations and

concerns. With concrete illustrations and case studies, James questions

the common tendency to interpret recognition struggles as departures

from traditional "materialist" priorities such as economic

security and personal safety. Ultimately, he argues that such

materialist priorities were and are, in fact, at the heart of the fight

for recognition for many marginalized groups.

A book with provocative implications for students and scholars of

social movements and identity politics, Misrecognized

Materialists offers a fresh and important perspective on

Canada's constitutional struggles over civic symbolism and


History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesConstitution: government & the stateLawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsConstitutional & administrative lawElection lawLawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsConstitutional & administrative lawParliamentary & legislative practicePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processes Publisher: University of British Columbia Press Publication Date: 07/10/2006 ISBN-13: 9780774811682  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Matt James is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria.

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