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Reviews are 1500 to 2000 words and review essays (focusing on one or more titles) are 2500 to 3500 words. Reviews and review essays take the form of critical engagements with one or more texts and strive to place these text(s) in a broader theoretical, social and/or political context. TOPIA does not publish reviews of films or exhibits but occasionally publishes extended critical commentaries on cultural productions and cultural events in its Offerings section. Authors and publishers who would like to have their books considered for review should contact topiajournal @ gmail.com. TOPIA prioritizes the review of titles by Canadian authors and publishers as well as titles exploring subjects related to Canada, Quebec, and the First Nations, in a global context.

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Making a Global City: How One Toronto School Embraced Diversity

By Robert Vipond

2017 | University of Toronto Press
Copy Available: Yes

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 nati ...

 
 
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Remembering Air India

Edited By Chandrima Chakraborty, Amber Dean, Angela Failler

2017 | University of Alberta Press
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On June 23, 1985, the bombing of Air India Flight 182 killed 329 people, most of them Canadians. Today this pivotal event in Canada’s history is hazily remembered, yet certain interests have shaped how the tragedy is woven into public memory, and ...

 
 
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Cultural Studies 1983: A Theoretical History

By Stuart Hall, Jennifer Daryl Slack, Lawrence Grossberg

2016 | Duke University Press
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The publication of Cultural Studies 1983 is a touchstone event in the history of Cultural Studies and a testament to Stuart Hall's unparalleled contributions. The eight foundational lectures Hall delivered at the Universit ...
 
 
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Public Service Media Initiatives in the Global South  

Edited By Anis Rahman, Gregory Ferrell Lowe

2016 | Simon Fraser University Library
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This book makes an important and timely contribution to an increasingly global discourse on the meanings, values and roles of public service in media provision today. While acknowledging the significant contributions of the public service broad ...
 
 
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Counterblasting Canada: Marshall McLuhan, Wyndham Lewis, Wilfred Watson, and Sheila Watson

Edited By Gregory Betts, Paul Hjartarson, Kristine Smitka

2016 | University of Alberta Press
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In 1914, Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound—the founders of vorticism—undertook an unprecedented analysis of the present, its technologies, communication, politics, and architecture. The essays in Counterblasting Canada trace the influence of vorticism ...

 
 
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Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era

Edited By Michael Geist

2015 | University of Ottawa Press
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Years of surveillance-related leaks from US whistleblower Edward Snowden have fuelled an international debate on privacy, spying, and Internet surveillance. Much of the focus has centered on the role of the US National Security Agency, yet there is a ...
 
 
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Canadian Countercultures and the Environment

By Colin M. Coates

2016 | University of Calgary Press
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Studies of the radical environmental politics of the 1960s have tended to downplay the extent to which much of that countercultural intellectual and social ferment continued into the 1970s and 1980s. Canadian Countercultures and the Environment adds ...
 
 
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How Canadians Communicate: Sports

Edited By David Taras, Christopher Waddell

2016 | Athabasca University Press
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Fewer Canadians than ever are lacing up skates, swimming lengths at the pool, practicing their curve ball, and experiencing the thrill of competition. However, despite a decline in active participation, Canadians spend enormous amounts of time and mo ...
 
 
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Timing Canada: The Shifting Politics of Time in Canadian Literary Culture

By Paul Huebener

2015 | McGill-Queen's University Press
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From punch clocks to prison sentences, from immigration waiting periods to controversial time-zone boundaries, from Indigenous grave markers that count time in centuries rather than years, to the fact that free time is shrinking faster for women than ...
 
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