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A Chorus of Different Voices

German-Canadian Identities


Angelika Sauer and Matthias Zimmer

German Canadians are generally considered well assimilated, and inconspicuous, their presence in Canada going virtually unnoticed. Scholars over the past decades have struggled to explain this relative invisibility, taking the existence of a German-Canadian ethnic group with a distinct culture for granted. The contributors question this assumption and take a fresh look at definitions of German Canadians and the processes of identity formation. A Chorus of Different Voices represents a kaleidoscopic image of German-Canadian identities, past and present.
Contents: Dieter Haselbach: The Social Construction of Identity: Theoretical Perspectives - Matthias Zimmer: Deconstructing German-Canadian Identity - Oda Lindner: Is Bi-Culturalism a Viable Concept? Evidence from German-Canadians - Manfred Prokop: The Maintenance and Survival of the German Language in Canada: A Follow-Up Study - Wsevolod W. Isajiw: Identity and Identity-Retention Among German Canadians: Individual and Institutional - Gerhard P. Bassler: German-Canadian Identity in Historical Perspective - Dirk Hoerder: The German-Canadian Experience Viewed Through Life Writings, 1850s to 1930s - Royden Loewen: 'As I Experienced Them Myself': The Autobiographical German-Language Immigrant Woman in Prairie Canada, 1874-1910 - John Walsh: Ethnicity, Family, and Community: German Canadians in Suburban Ottawa, 1890-1914 - Barbara Lorenzkowski: 'Spies', 'Saboteurs', and 'Subversives': German-Canadian Internees and the Wartime Discourse at the Canadian Homefront, 1939-1945 - Alexander Freund: Immigrants' Identities: The Narratives of a German-Canadian Migration - Hans Werner: 'Kinder, Küche, Kirche': Recreating Identity in Postwar Canada - Angelika E. Sauer: The 'Ideal German Canadian': Politics, Academics, and the Historiographical Construction of German-Canadian Identity.