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The values of Canadian citizens

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posted on 03.08.2022, 11:41 authored by Christophe PrematChristophe Premat

This presentation is a part of a course at the basic level at Stockholm University. It is a course which was supported by the Centre for Canadian Studies of Stockholm University. The course is designed to introduce students to a variety of aspects related to the history, culture and literature of Canadian society. It also tackles the bilingual aspect of Canadian society and helps students to discuss issues that are relevant in Canada. The course then looks at the challenges facing Canada in the 21st Century with focus on immigration and multiculturalism, the First Nations, gender equality, specific regions in Canada with special emphasis on Québec, and Canada's cultural identity.

In this lecture, the focus is on the comparison between the debates on the national narrative of Canada and the values expressed by Canadian citizens. If the national narrative is characterized by the myth of an open and multicultural society, the empirical analysis of the attitudes can give an accurate insight on the "values" of the citizens. With the help of the cross-cultural surveys (World Values Survey), the answers to some of the key questions (cultural diversity / immigration) can be compared with the attitudes of citizens in the United States to see if there is a form of integration of the "cultural model".

The document is published with a modification for the slide 12 of the presentation (update of the figures) in previous version below reference: doi.org/10.17045/sthlmuni.15329100.v1 .


Nordplus Higher Education ("Enhancing Canadian Studies in the Nordic Countries"), NPHE-2020/10138


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The values of Canadian citizens

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165 Romanska och klassiska institutionen | Department of Romance Studies and Classics