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International Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue internationale d’études canadiennes

Number 35, 2007, p. 39-60

Sport, Identity and Social Division in Canada / Sport, identités et clivages sociaux au Canada

Guest-edited by Christine Dallaire and Jean Harvey

Editor(s): Claude Couture (rédacteur en chef)

Publisher: Conseil international d'études canadiennes

ISSN: 1180-3991 (print)  1923-5291 (digital)

DOI: 10.7202/040763ar

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Curling in Canada: From Gathering Place to International Spectacle

Heather Mair


Curling is a central part of winter life for many Canadians and our curlers dominate the world stage. Yet the topic remains dramatically understudied. Building on the limited writing in this area and presenting research undertaken in curling clubs across western Canada, the author seeks to help fill this gap by exploring the changing role of curling in the construction of social identities at the local community and national level. It is argued that while curling plays an undeniable, if muted, role in the construction of Canada's image, this identity is being increasingly subjected to a number of internal and external pressures that have the potential to lead to great change.


Le curling fait partie intégrante de la vie de nombreux Canadiens en hiver, et nos curleurs dominent la scène mondiale. Malgré tout, le sujet n’a pas fait l’objet de beaucoup d’études. S’appuyant sur le peu de publications dans ce domaine et présentant une étude réalisée dans des clubs de curling de l’Ouest canadien, l’auteure vise à combler cet écart en explorant l’évolution du rôle du curling dans la construction des identités sociales à l’échelle locale et nationale. Elle soutient que même si le curling joue un rôle indéniable, quoique en sourdine, dans la construction de l’image du Canada, cette identité fait de plus en plus l’objet d’un certain nombre de pressions internes et externes qui peuvent mener à un grand changement.




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Author: Heather Mair
Title: Curling in Canada: From Gathering Place to International Spectacle
Journal: International Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue internationale d’études canadiennes, Number 35, 2007, p. 39-60
URI: http://id.erudit.org/iderudit/040763ar
DOI: 10.7202/040763ar

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