Jean-Paul Baillargeon, editor - The Handing Down of Culture, Smaller Societies and Globalization


Jean-Paul Baillargeon

There are several questions raised in the pages that follow about the effects of globalization on our lives. The questions that give rise to the most serious concerns relate to culture, which seems to be the most vulnerable area. Smaller societies, in particular, worry about the future of their identities and their ability to create alternatives. They fear being swept away by a globalized culture, whose main flavour is American entertainment. Are we doomed to live in a uniform culture that gradually overshadows all others?

The Chaire Fernand-Dumont sur la culture, attached to the Institut national de la recherche scientifique – Urbanisation, Culture et Société, in Québec, studies matters related to globalization and the handing down of culture. English Canada and Québec are two relatively small societies, living next door to the United States of America. For historical reasons as well as linguistic ones, their relationships with that neighbour are different. Does globalization make them similar? Or given that phenomenon, what if anything makes them distinct?

Cultural researchers, both francophone and anglophone, from Québec, English Canada and elsewhere spell out in these pages what the question of the handing down of culture in a small society means in the context of globalization.

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