Paradox Of National Identity Summary

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The reading Paradox of National Identity: Region, Nation, and Canadian Idol by Boulou Ebanda, and Ruth Middlebrook focuses on the 2006 season of Canada Idol and how it manufactures the Canadian identity. The authors argue that the Canadian identity has regional differences is a great example of “othering” which is characterizing individuals as different and alien to the norm. This can be seen in the paper by applying a powerful status to the in-group which are the urban cities (the “norm”) compared to the "others" who are the rural, "[p]oor, recent immigrants . . . refugees, religious but not Christian, and non-English- or French-speaking" (Byers, 2008, p. 71). The one difference that was prominent is that the reality show is catering to
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