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Social Science Media Studies

Harold Innis and the North

Appraisals and Contestations

edited by William J. Buxton

Publisher
McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2013
Category
Media Studies
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780773588776
    Publish Date
    Jun 2013
    List Price
    $29.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780773541672
    Publish Date
    Aug 2013
    List Price
    $32.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780773541641
    Publish Date
    Aug 2013
    List Price
    $110.00

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Description

Harold Innis is widely understood as the proponent of the "Laurentian school" of historiography, which mapped Canadian development along an East-West axis. Harold Innis and the North turns the axis North-South by examining Innis's intense and abiding interest in the North, and providing new perspectives on this seminal figure in Canadian political economy and communication studies.

This collection reveals that Innis's advocacy of the North was closely bound up with his vision of northern Canada as the site of a second industrial revolution based on mining, hydro-electric power, pulp and paper, and enabled by new forms of transportation. Long preoccupied with Canada's coming of age as a balanced and integrated industrial nation-state, Innis grappled with the same issues about the North in the Canadian nation that we are dealing with today. Chapters explore the breadth of Innis's northern activities, including his early studies of the fur trade, his biography of eighteenth-century explorer and cartographer Peter Pond, his review essays on the North for the Canadian Historical Review, his leadership of the Rockefeller-sponsored Arctic Survey, and his trip to the Soviet Union.

Harold Innis and the North crafts a new narrative about the nature and scope of Innis's intellectual project and provides a unique appreciation of his multi-faceted professional identity.

Contributors include Sergei Arkhipov (North-Ossetian State University and NGO Vladikavkaz Institute of Economics) Jeffrey Brison (Queens), George Colpitts (Calgary), Matthew Evenden (UBC), Barry Gough (Churchill College, Cambridge and Kings College, London), Paul Heyer (Wilfrid Laurier), Jim Mochoruk (North Dakota), Liza Piper (Alberta), Shirley Roburn (Concordia), Peter van Wyck (Concordia), Jeff Webb (Memorial).

About the author

William J. Buxton is professor emeritus of communication studies at Concordia University, visiting professor at Laval University, co-editor of Harold Innis in the New Century: Reflections and Refractions, and editor of Harold Innis and the North: Appraisals and Contestations.

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