Article Review in Russell’s “Constitution, Citizenship and Ethnicity”

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Essay #: 055038
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Article Review in Russell's "Constitution, Citizenship and Ethnicity”
The article to be examined in this analysis is “Constitution, Citizenship and Ethnicity” by Peter H. Russell, a brief survey of modern attempts to codify a uniquely Canadian ideal of human rights. Russell's abstract explains that, in the author's view, recent efforts to work out a unitary paradigm of Canadian citizenship through “symbolic engineering”
have proven to be mostly futile and, in his words, self-defeating (Russell 96). In response to this situation, however, Russell's thesis does not propose a solution to make future efforts more effective, but rather asserts that Canadians are best advised to accept such failure, embracing instead a “continuing engagement” in...
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.....cult matters in favor of simply summarizing the debate as it exists. Russell's suggested solutions are few and redundant, limited essentially to an admission of the general knowledge that Canadian ideals of citizenship and identity formation are fragmented and heterogeneous, and that the only solution is for Canadians to somehow learn to live with this state of affairs. Unfortunately, continuing situations such as the Quebec independence movement and calls for greater Aboriginal independence imply that not all Canadian communities are prepared to live with the status quo, and that more effective solutions are required.
Work Cited
Russell, Peter H. "Constitution, Citizenship and Ethnicity." Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 1.3 (1995): 96-106.