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Populism, Polarization and Power in the New Saskatchewan

edited by JoAnn Jaffe, Patricia W. Elliott & Cora Sellers

Fernwood Publishing
Initial publish date
Oct 2021
Social Services & Welfare, Conservatism & Liberalism
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Divided looks at the last fifteen years in Saskatchewan, during which time the Saskatchewan Party government sought to reforge the province’s image into the New Saskatchewan: brash, materialistic, highly competitive and aggressively partisan. In the process, a climate of polarization and hyper-partisanship swept the province into a near-perpetual state of anger and social division. These actions are not without consequences. In Divided, diverse voices describe the impact on their lives and communities when simmering wedge issues burst open on social media and in public spaces. The collection dives deep into the long set-up to this moment, from the colonial past to the four decades of neoliberal economics that have widened social and economic gaps across all sectors. Divided positions Saskatchewan as a fascinating case study of the global trends of division and provides testament to the resiliency of a vision of social solidarity against all odds.

About the authors


JoAnn Jaffe is an associate professor of Sociology and Social Studies at the University of Regina.


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Patricia W. Elliott teaches journalism at the University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada and is a faculty advisor to the Institute for Investigative Journalism at Concordia.


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Cora Sellers has worked in the area of community development and advocacy in Regina, specifically focusing on Indigenous social and economic issues, for twenty years.


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Excerpt: Divided: Populism, Polarization and Power in the New Saskatchewan (edited by JoAnn Jaffe, Patricia W. Elliott & Cora Sellers)

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