Co-Edited Books

Holidays are a key to helping us understand the transformation of national, regional, community and ethnic identities. In Celebrating Canada, Matthew Hayday and Raymond Blake situate Canada in an international context as they examine the history and evolution of our national and provincial holidays and annual celebrations.


The contributors to this volume examine such holidays as Dominion Day, Victoria Day, Quebec’s Fête Nationale and Canadian Thanksgiving, among many others. They also examine how Canadians celebrate the national days of other countries (like the Fourth of July) and how Dominion Day was observed in the United Kingdom. Drawing heavily on primary source research, and theories of nationalism, identities and invented traditions, the essays in this collection deepen our understanding of how these holidays have influenced the evolution of Canadian identities.


Co-edited with Matthew Hayday, University of Guelph.

The Canadian welfare state is as a crossroads. The politics of deficit reduction and the forces of globalization, in particular, have combined to bring increasing pressure to reduce the scope of government activity in providing benefits to Canadian citizens. The debate over social policy direction is no longer conducted only along traditional party, ideological, or regional lines. The Welfare State in Canada is written by leading experts in the field of social welfare  policy. The contributors are advisors to government, public commentators, and nationally renowned scholars. Each bring his or her own perspective to the debate. The result is a thoroughly contemporary and insightful analysis of the history, present state and future of social welfare policy. The book is essential reading for anyone concerned with the current debates over social welfare and public policy.


Co-edited with P.E. Bryden and J. Frank Strain.

Rural communities have been profoundly affected by recent political-economic, demographic and cultural change. In Canada, the impacts of these changes are all about us: in the absolute population declines in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland, in the crises of the east and west coast fisheries, in the farm crisis, in serious ecological problems, and in the reorientation of rural social services (epitomized by the problems experienced by many small communities securing effective medical care). There is a tendency to view these problems in stark terms: as part of a qualitatively new era in Canadian history triggered, perhaps, by the forces of globalization or urbanization or the rise of the service sector economy.


In important ways, however, the problems of rural Canada are not particularly new. Rural migration, pollution, wildlife conservation, and other matters have been long-standing, persistent concerns of rural Canadians. This book attempts to both resist the seemingly persistent urge to romanticize and prognosticate about rural Canada and the people who live geographically outside the urban environment and suggest different ways of looking at rural life. In this sense, its goal is to build upon on increasingly strong base of research and writing on rural Canada to suggest different perspectives on the countryside, the small town, the environment, and the landscape.


Co-edited with Andrew Nurse, Mount Allison University

Both historical and contemporary features of Canadian social welfare are explored in this wide-ranging and in-depth collection. Social Fabric or Patchwork Quilt explores the evolution of the Canadian social welfare state from a system based upon voluntarism and philanthropy to one in which the State's involvement has increased considerably. It also shows how the roles of governments at all levels have changed in recent times.


Chapters describe the developing Canadian welfare state from Confederation to the present. Beginning with an integrative framework in the general introduction, the selected essays represent many perspectives: chronological, regional, multidisciplinary and ideological. An important feature of this collection is the consideration of providers and recipients. Such wide-ranging outlooks are possible given the diverse backgrounds of contributors, which include historians, sociologists, social workers, public policy experts and political scientists. As well as historical and sociological studies, topics include key programs (discussed in detail), the quality of services received by principal target groups, new directions in research; some contributions even revisit foundational older works and key government documents.


Edited with Jeff Keshen, Professor, University of Ottawa.

The fourteen essays in this specially commissioned collection explore the ongoing debate, the national narrative" about the character and objectives of Canada as a nation state. They address matters of national concern, including Canada's place in world affairs, the evolving characteristics of Canadian nationalism, the structure of material life during the revolution in advanced communications, the changing nature of citizenship and the implications of ethnic diversity and national loyalties for the Canadian polity. Writers come from a variety of disciplines, bringing their own scholarly approaches and often unique perspectives to issues of common concern. The questions raised in this book have a long shelf life in Canadian intellectual dialogue but they are also timely in the post 9/11 environment in which what it means to be "Canadian" is sometimes a matter of life and death.


Contributors include Robert Cupido, Brian and Geraint Osborne, Stephane Levesque, Nicole Gallant, Andrew Nurse, Raymond Blake, Judy Bates, Jane Ku, Cameron Bodnar Manju Varma, Sarah Wayland and Hector MacKenzie.


Co-edited with Andrew Nurse, Mount Allison University

In the face of accelerating world changes, Canadian policy makers, and Canadian in general, face great difficulty understanding and articulating aims and objectives for the myriad economic, military, and diplomatic entanglements that ensare the country at every turn. With the end of the Cold War, and he ensuing rise of local nationalisms and global economic interconnectedness, the old alliances and institutions that once  provided meaning and orientation are being redefined in unforeseen ways, Moreover, it is unclear that any definitions with lasting value can be achieved when new crises upset those formulations so quickly. Canada the New World Order offers wide-ranging analyses of Canada’s place in the world by experts from a variety of disciplines. From peacekeeping to human security to international trade, this volume is important for anyone interested in the whole question of Canada’s external relations. But the contributors go even further here, offering practical suggestions on what Canada can do in a number of key policy areas.  As a consequence, Canadians will be able to make sense of the media’s daily headlines and provide meaningful contributions to the debates about Canada’s role on the international stage.


Co-edited with Michael J. Tucker and P.E. Bryden.

This e-book was originally published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in Oxford, United Kingdom in 2014, but rights to this book and all others at the press have been transferred to Brill ( and will be available late in 2017.


Co-edited with Natalie J. Walthrust Jones.

A History of Social Welfare in Canada examines the evolution of the welfare state in Canada. Articles trace the development of social welfare policy from Confederation to the present, looking at initiatives by both the central and provincial governments. The book examines how social security measures have applied to specific groups such as children, the aged, Indigenous peoples, and veterans, as well as Canadians in general.


Co-edited with Jeff Keshen.


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