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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Carole H. Carpenter

Media and Culture

University   York University
E-Mail Address   carolec@yorku.ca
Phone Number   416-736-2100, ext. 66984
Office Location   244 Vanier College
Office Hours   TBA


Education

B.Sc. Psychology (Dalhousie); M.A. Folklore-Folklife (University of Pennsylvania); Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)

Biography

Throughout my academic career, my research interests have developed along two lines, often intersecting: children's culture and identity (of identity politics), be it individual, group or national (primarily Canadian though frequently illuminated through cross-cultural comparisons with Australia and
South Africa. I have undertaken major collecting projects across Canada and internationally concerning the role of folklore (particularly as used/presented in children's literature) in the reconstruction of identity following the official adoption of multiculturalism by nations. I have also coordinated (for the Archives of Ontario) a major collection of narratives of settling in Ontario entitled "Being Here: Stories of Settling in Ontario During the Past Century".

Research Interests

Children, culture, identity, multicultural, Canada

Selected Publications

Current research projects/journals:
My current research involves a major collecting project among child migrants to Ontario within the past 20 years, specifically concerning their perceptions of what supported them most (or not) during the transition from the "home" country to Canada and in settling here, coming to feel at home and becoming Canadian. The study will concentrate on Toronto & Vancouver, Muskoka and the Comox Valley in BC.

 

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan