*The authors wish to thank Ray Morris and Ray Morrow for helpful suggestions as well as three anonymous reviewers for their critical commentaries. Please send requests for off-prints to Greg Nielsen, Department of Sociology, Glendon College, 2275 Bayview Ave, Toronto.
Cultural studies, a sociological poetics: institutions of the Canadian imaginary
Version of Record online: 14 JUL 2008
Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 279–298, May 1991
How to Cite
Nielsen, G. M. and JACKSON, J. D. (1991), Cultural studies, a sociological poetics: institutions of the Canadian imaginary. Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie, 28: 279–298. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-618X.1991.tb00155.x
- Issue online: 14 JUL 2008
- Version of Record online: 14 JUL 2008
La poétique sociologique est définie comme problématique pour la sociologie critique de la culture afin de considérer l'avenir du rapport du dédoublement entre les cultures vécue et officielle à travers les institutions de l'imaginaire canadien anglais. On propose des critiques de la CBC, du développement de la politique culturelle, et des Études canadiennes comme école de pensée.
A critique of the official definition of Canadian culture is presented. Given the distinction between lived and official culture, the question posed is, ‘how do we theorize the relations between these two levels for an entire society? Based principally on Bahktin's concept of ‘dialogism’ with references to Dumont and Rioux, a sociological poetics is advanced as a theoretical device for unravelling ‘the Canada’. It is argued that cultural studies defined as a sociological poetics must negate any definition of the one Canadian culture or representations of the one Canadian society. Lines of inquiry are suggested with respect to the CBC and Canadian studies as cultural industries.