Making a Global City: How One Toronto School Embraced Diversity

Making a Global City: How One Toronto School Embraced Diversity

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By Robert Vipond
Munk Series on Global Affairs
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2017
World Rights
280 Pages
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ISBN 9781442631953
Published Mar 2017
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Half of Toronto’s population is born outside of Canada and over 140 languages are spoken on the city's streets and in its homes. How to build community amidst such diversity is one of the global challenges that Canada – and many other western nations – has to face head on.

Making a Global City critically examines the themes of diversity and community in a single primary school, the Clinton Street Public School in Toronto, between 1920 and 1990. From the swift and seismic shift from a Jewish to southern European demographic in the 1950s to the gradual globalized community starting in the 1970s, Vipond eloquently and clearly highlights the challenges posed by multicultural citizenship in a city that was dominated by Anglo-Protestants. Contrary to recent well-documented anti-immigrant rhetoric in the media, Making a Global City celebrates one of the world’s most multicultural cities while stressing the fact that public schools are a vital tool in integrating and accepting immigrants and children in liberal democracies.

Robert Vipond is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Jewish Clinton 1920-1952: “Well To The Fore Among Toronto Schools”

Chapter 3: At Clinton You’re a Somebody: Religion and the Idea of Citizenship

Chapter 4: European Clinton, 1950-1965: “Ruth Beside the Alien Corn”

Chapter 5: European Clinton, 1965-1975: From Mungie Cakes to Multiculturalism

Chapter 6: Global Clinton, 1975-1990: “We Have Children From Lots of Countries”

Chapter 7: Global Clinton and Heritage Languages

Chapter 8: Conclusion: Remembering the Answers

"One of Canada’s leading political scientists, Robert Vipond, has written a superb and significant account of how education shapes citizenship in Canadian political development. Making a Global City is a beautifully written and meticulously researched account of Clinton Street Public School in Toronto from the 1920s to the 1990s. The study expands our understanding of a myriad of topics, including the role of the Canadian state in education, evolving notions of citizenship, the development of a multicultural society, and the functioning of an institution experienced by all Canadian children. I highly recommend this outstanding study."

Desmond King, Andrew Mellon Professor of American Government, University of Oxford

"This is really an essay on citizenship, cloaked as the diary of a school, and flowing from the insight that a public school is an ideal lab for working out from the bottom up what Canadian citizenship means, versus dictating it from above. Robert Vipond is the ideal guide: equal parts scholar, citizen, and parent. He writes with both passion and precision."

Rick Salutin, playwright, novelist, journalist, and former Clinton parent

"Robert Vipond does something unique and moving here: He gives us the widescreen story of Canada’s difficult transformation into a plural and diverse nation by taking a detailed look at 70 years of history of a single public school, its students, and its community. The result manages to be an intimate and surprising narrative that ties a single community to the great policy debates and national dialogues that shaped Canada’s century of expansion and development."

Doug Saunders, columnist for the 'Globe and Mail' and author of 'Arrival City' and 'The Myth of the Muslim Tide'

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