Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sean Mills Podcast on the Empire Within

I have already posted my own two cents on Sean Mills' The Empire Within.  For those of us not content reading Mills' words, we can now listen to them, courtesy of the National Campus Radio Association.  Mills basically gives a short teaser to the major themes in his work, which covers post-colonial ideas within the various strains of the protest movement in 1960s Montreal.
Sean Mills Drinks Coffee

Mill's interview emphasizes the global context of the Quiet Revolution, and an understanding of the complexities of various Montreal groups.  He also addresses the rise of the various strains of the neo-nationalist movement in Quebec, and shows that the various voices of dissent during the 1960s, were acting as an alternative to this state-centred neo-nationalist refrain.

Mills speaks to the way in which thinkers such as Sartre and Memmi, were at first  skeptical towards the notion of Quebec as a post-colonial society, but were later to accept the province within an anti-colonial framework.

The rise of women in the 1960s movements is also addressed.  Women's support of the organizations of dissent started in periphery roles.  Later they demanded gender equality, not only within these organizations, but in greater Quebec society.

Admittedly, there isn't allot here for those who have read the book already, but the podcast serves as a good overview for those who haven't picked it up yet, and a refresher for those who have.

Listen to the Podcast

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