Will Kymlicka's, "Being Canadian" Article Review by Top Papers

Will Kymlicka's, "Being Canadian"
A critical look at Will Kymlicka's article, "Being Canadian".
# 136882 | 1,000 words | 1 source | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Canadian Studies (History, Culture)


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The paper argues that Will Kymlicka's article, "Being Canadian," does a serviceable job of looking at what it means to be Canadian, however, whereas Kymlicka does not see the absence of a pan-national identity to be a problem, and whereas he is not concerned about the fact that Canadian politics is influenced by group politics and mobilizations, this writer argues that both are problematic in a world where people are motivated by religious monomania and by ancient hatreds. Additionally, this paper argues that much of what we consider uniquely Canadian is not terribly unique - though Canada does differentiate itself from other western nations in some important ways - and Canadians are invested in myth-making as a way of assuming the moral high ground relative to the United States. With all this in mind, the paper discusses three important themes in Kymlicka's essay in the following order: firstly, the apparent absence of a pan-national identity; secondly, the existence of identity politics in Canada; and thirdly, the Canadian tendency for mythologizing government initiatives that somehow prove that Canada is a kindlier place than America. In the end, the paper highlights that Canada's obsession with America and the moral high-ground may be blinding it to some emerging dangers.

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"Will Kymlicka's article, "Being Canadian," does a serviceable job of looking at what it means to be Canadian. However, whereas Kymlicka does not see the absence of a pan-national identity to be a problem, and whereas he is not concerned about the fact that Canadian politics is influenced by group politics and mobilizations, I argue that both are problematic in a world where people are motivated by religious monomania and by ancient hatreds; additionally, this paper will argue that much of..."

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Will Kymlicka's, "Being Canadian" (2008, December 01) Retrieved August 14, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/article-review/will-kymlicka-being-canadian-136882/

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"Will Kymlicka's, "Being Canadian"" 01 December 2008. Web. 14 August. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/article-review/will-kymlicka-being-canadian-136882/>

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