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Bucking Conservatism

Bucking Conservatism

Alternative Stories of Alberta from the 60s and 70s

Edited by Leon Crane Bear, Larry Hannant and Karissa Robyn Patton

Published by: Athabasca University Press

404 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm, 12 b&w photos

  • ISBN: 9781771992572
  • Published: June 2021


With lively, informative contributions by both scholars and activists, Bucking Conservatism highlights the individuals and groups who challenged Alberta’s conservative status quo in the 60s and 70s. Drawing on archival material, newspaper articles, police reports, and interviews, the contributors examine Alberta’s history through the eyes of Indigenous activists protesting discriminatory legislation and unfulfilled treaty obligations, women and lesbian and gay persons standing up to the heteropatriarchy, student activists arguing for a new democracy, and anti-capitalist environmentalists demanding social change.

This book recognizes the lasting influence of Alberta’s noncomformists—those who recognized the need for dissent in a province defined by wealth and right-wing politics—and leaves a set of questions, perhaps sobering ones, for contemporary activists.