Religion and Ethnicity in Canada

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Paul Bramadat, David Seljak
University of Toronto Press, 2009 - Social Science - 252 pages
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As the leading book in its field, Religion and Ethnicity in Canada has been embraced by scholars, teachers, students, and policy makers as a breakthrough study of Canadian religio-ethnic diversity and its impact on multiculturalism. A team of established scholars looks at the relationships between religious and ethnic identity in Canada's six largest minority religious communities: Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jews, Muslims and practitioners of Chinese religion. The chapters also highlight the ethnic diversity extant within these traditions in order to offer a more nuanced appreciation of the variety of lived experiences of members of these communities.

Together, the contributors develop consistent themes throughout the volume, among them the changing nature of religious practice and ideas, current demographics, racism, and the role of women. Chapters related to the public policy issues of healthcare, education and multiculturalism show how new ethnic and religious diversity are challenging and changing Canadian institutions and society. Comprehensive and insightful, Religion and Ethnicity in Canada makes a unique contribution to the study of world religions in Canada.

  

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Contents

Hindus in Canada Negotiating Identity in a Different
30
Sikhs in Canada Identity and Commitment
52
Buddhists in Canada Impermanence in a Land
69
The Chinese in Canada Their Unrecognized Religion
89
Jews in Canada A Travelling Cantor on the Prairie
111
Muslims in Canada From Ethnic Groups to Religious
133
IMPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC POLICY
154
Education Multiculturalism and Religion
178
Health Care Religion and Ethnic Diversity
201
Toward a New Story about Religion and Ethnicity
222
Demographics of Religious Identification
235
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About the author (2009)

Paul Bramadat is the director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria.

David Seljak is an associate professor at St. Jerome's University and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Waterloo.

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