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Taking pictures of taking pictures : reading Weekend Magazine 1963-1973

McGill University
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  • Canada -- In Mass Media.


This thesis is the study of a certain representation of the 1960s in Canada---an interpretation of the way in which the most widely-circulated magazine reflected and represented the nation in a period of significant transition. In the first half of the Sixties, Weekend was about the articulation of the various local identities within Canada, but always with regard to a power structure that maintained certain racial, sexual and regional divisions. Yet, in the second half of the decade, we can witness a transformation of this power structure, and with it, a disintegration of the sense of unity that had been implied before. As Weekend begins to move from an either/or understanding of otherness in Canada towards a more complicated recognition of local identities, its vision of a united Canada begins to break down.

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