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Ethnic Groups in Upper Canada CoverEthnic Groups in Upper Canada

by Jean R. Burnet

This study is an attempt to investigate some of the problems of social organization in Upper Canada in relation to ethnic differences in the population.

Its aim is to contribute to knowledge of the social development of Canada. The varied cultural backgrounds of the people of the country have profoundly influenced its social organization ever since the beginnings of settlement by Europeans in the early seventeenth century. The Canadian social system of today cannot be understood without taking them into account.

Moreover, a study of the social problems of the past that were affected by ethnic differences may give insight into present-day problems which are influenced by the same factor and point the way to their solution.

This book is based upon a thesis submitted to the University of Toronto in 1943.


FORMAT: Digital Download (PDF – scanned from original)

PUBLISHER: The Ontario Historical Society

YEAR: 1972

ISBN: n/a

PAGES: 130 (Note: Any blank pages have been deliberately omitted.)

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I Social Progress and Social Welfare

II Occupational Differences and the Class Structure

III The Family and Problems of Morality

IV Problems of Law and Order

V Educational Organization

VI Religious Organization

VII Conclusion

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Dr. Jean Burnet was educated at the University of Toronto and the University of Chicago. She has taught at the University of Toronto, the University of New Brunswick and at York University. Since 1967 she has been Chairman of the Department of Sociology at Glendon College, York University.

Dr. Burnet served as first editor of The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology and as a research associate of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. She is the author of a number of articles and of Next Year Country (Toronto, 1951).