Debating Dissent: Canada and the 1960s

Debating Dissent: Canada and the 1960s

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Edited by Lara Campbell, Dominique Clément, and Greg Kealey
Canadian Social History Series
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2012
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Although the 1960s are overwhelmingly associated with student radicalism and the New Left, most Canadians witnessed the decade’s political, economic, and cultural turmoil from a different perspective. Debating Dissent dispels the myths and stereotypes associated with the 1960s by examining what this era’s transformations meant to diverse groups of Canadians – and not only protestors, youth, or the white middle-class.

With critical contributions from new and senior scholars, Debating Dissent integrates traditional conceptions of the 1960s as a ‘time apart’ within the broader framework of the ‘long-sixties’ and post-1945 Canada, and places Canada within a local, national, an international context. Cutting-edge essays in social, intellectual, and political history reflect a range of historical interpretation and explore such diverse topics as narcotics, the environment, education, workers, Aboriginal and Black activism, nationalism, Quebec, women, and bilingualism. Touching on the decade’s biggest issues, from changing cultural norms to the role of the state, Debating Dissent critically examines ideas of generational change and the sixties.

Lara Campbell is an associate professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University.

Dominique Clément is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta.

Gregory S. Kealey is a professor emeritus in the Department of History at the University of New Brunswick. He is the editor of University of Toronto Press’s Canadian Social History Series and former president of the Canadian Historical Association and the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences.



Time, Age, Myth: Towards a History of the Sixties - Lara Campbell, Simon Fraser University and Dominique Clément, University of Alberta. 

Drugs, Health and the Environment

Food, Fear and the Environment in the Long Sixties - Catherine Carstairs, University of Guelph.

The Psychedelic Sixties in North America: Drugs and Identity  - Erika Dyck, University of Saskatchewan.

Higher Education

The Canadian Association of University Teachers and the Transformation of Faculty Power, 1951-70 - Catherine Gidney, St. Thomas University.

To Struggle Together or Fracture Apart: The Sixties Student Movements at English Canadian Universities - Roberta Lexier, Mount Allison University.

‘Riots’ at Sir George Williams: Construction of a Social Conflict in the Sixties - .Marcel Martel, York University.

Authority and Social Protest

The Struggle for a Different World’: The 1971 Gastown Riot -  Michael Boudreau, St. Thomas University.

Sex Spying: The RCMP and Women's Liberation Groups - Steve Hewitt, University of Birmingham and Christabelle Sethna, University of Ottawa.

Race and Working Class Movements

’Hothead Troubles’: Sixties-Era Wildcat Strikes in Canada - Peter S. McInnis, St. Francis Xavier University. 

Black Confrontation in Sixties Halifax - James Walker, University of Waterloo

The Regulation of Native Peoples and Aboriginal Resistance - Bryan Palmer, Trent University

Nationalism and the State

The Nationalist Moment in English Canada - Stephen Azzi, Laurentien University 

Reconciling the Two Solitudes?: Bilingualism and Biculturalism in Canada from the Quiet Revolution to the Victoria Charter - Matthew Hayday, University of Guelph .

Sixties in Québec - José E. Igartua, Université du Québec à Montréal.





Debating Dissent should emerge as a preeminent anthology on the sixties for Canadian scholars… Ideal for courses on postwar Canada, social movements, and the sixties themselves….The synergy between established and new scholars makes this a particularly vibrant and valuable contribution.’

Ian Milligan, Canadian Historical Review vol 94:4:2013

‘If you are looking for a collection of introductory essays on a broad range of topics on the Canadian 1960s, there is no other book I would recommend ahead of Debating Dissent.’

Stuart Henderson, Histoire sociale / social History vol 47:92:2014

‘Scholars who are interested in nuanced analysis of social change in the late twentieth century should read Debating Dissent. Students and a broader non-academic audience will enjoy these histories, too.’

Nancy Janovicek, BC Studies vol 181: Spring 2014