Tolerated, but not preferred: Troubling the unconscious of televisual multiculturalism

Nafissa D. Thompson-Spires

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Canadian televisual exports make up at least 30 percent of the original content on US cable television. And from many angles, Canadian youth-television series look more diverse, more positive, and more attentive to interracial and interethnic issues than do similar US series. This article explores Canadian representations of interracial relationships and situates them within readings of Canada's official multicultural policy. It argues that much of this surface-level positivism about race reveals unconscious anxieties that ultimately manifest in drastic ways of treating diversity or multicultural subjects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-307
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Review of Canadian Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Canada
  • Degrassi
  • Instant Star
  • multiculturalism
  • television

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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