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Identity and Belonging

Rethinking Race and Ethnicity in Canadian Society

edited by Sean P. Hier & B. Singh Bolaria

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category: Social Science
published: 2006

Canadian society is rapidly evolving. By 2017, persons belonging to a visible minority group will comprise 20 percent of the population. In Canada's major cities, the proportion of persons classified as visible minority is expected to exceed 50 percent.
Canada is a country that is not very sure of its own identity. Many of our citizens do not know where they fit in the national fabric. As ethno-racial diversity increases, so will our uncertainty of our identity and role in the development of our nation.
While Canada has always been culturally diverse, the continuing ethno-racial diversification will exercise a profound influence on Canadian culture, as well as on Canadian political and social institutions. As the ethno-racial composition becomes more complex, critical understandings of race, ethnicity, identity, and belonging are increasingly important goals for social justice, fairness, and inclusion.
Provocative and ground-breaking, Identity and Belonging addresses these concerns, poses some essential questions about the nature of race and ethnicity, how they differ from one another, and how they might differ from other markers of identity, such as class, gender, or nationality.

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Contributor notes

Sean P. Hier is Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Victoria, where he teaches in the areas of race and social issues. He is also the General Editor of Contemporary Sociological Thought: Themes and Theories (Canadian Scholars' Press).B. Singh Bolaria is Professor Emeritius of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology, University of Victoria. His career has focused on issues of race and social inequality

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"This is a well rounded selection of readings. This selection of readings brings together specific extracts, chapters, and articles on a very important topic of 'racial' and ethnic identity and belonging. I am unaware of any comparable reader that touches upon these same themes, so this reader will make a significant contribution."— “Lloyd Wong, University of Calgary

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Sean P. Hier

Sean P. Hier is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria. He is the author of Contemporary Sociological Thought: Themes and Theories (Canadian Scholars Press).

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B. Singh Bolaria

B. Singh Bolaria is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria. He has published widely in the areas of social inequality, labour migrations, and health and health care.

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