Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

The United States, Canada, and the Myth of Converging Values

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Canadians have long defined themselves as "not Americans." They cherish their differences from the United States, but as their powerful neighbour grows ever more dominant on the world stage, can they hope to hold on to their national identity? In "Fire and Ice," Michael Adams challenges the myth of inevitability that has led us to believe our Canadian way of life is doomed to extinction. Drawing upon a decade of never-before released pulse-taking from both sides of the border, Adams reveals that Canada and the United States are not coming together, but are diverging in significant ways.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Group, 2003
ISBN: 9780143014225
Branch Call Number: 303.48271073/ADA 4565 1
Additional Contributors: Jamieson, David
Langstaff, Amy


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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

Analysis of surveys done over many years by his company, Environics Research, shows that Canadian and American values are diverging rather than converging. Americans, with their emphasis on individual rights and competition (and the inherent scariness), are searching more and more for security via church, family (traditional, with father in authority), gated communities and so on. Canadians, with their emphasis on the importance of community and consensus, are now more tolerant and open to risk. The liberal, free society that was America has become more conservative, and order-loving Canada has become more flexible.

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