Sociology Index

Continental and Continentalism

Continentalism is more influential than language. Originally associated with the American vision of a ‘manifest destiny’ of the United States to occupy the whole North American continent, continentalism now refers specifically to social and economic policies that encourage and advance economic and political integration of the countries of North America. The term continentalism is also used generally to refer to processes of economic and political integration of continental nations. The North American Free Trade Agreement is an example of continentalism at work. 

The Continent is used to refer to the mainland of Europe. The adjective "continental" refers to the social practices or fashion of continental Europe, as opposed to those in Britain.

The North American Free Trade Agreement is an example of continentalism at work. In a key study of the changing framework of Ontarian political economy, Thomas Courchene and Colin Telmer argue that the transition to the more overt form of continentalism that accompanied the CU-FTA and the NAFTA served to re-orient the Ontario economy in a way that altered its position as the metropolitan core of the Canadian economy. - THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF HIGH INCOME TAXATION, Capital taxation, path dependence and political institutions in Denmark, Steffen Ganghof - Max Planck Institute.

The strategic unity of continentalism and neoliberalism lies in the mechanism that the emerging common market provides for shifting the balance of class forces in Canada to the advantage of capital. As capital circuits become more fully continental, investment will flow to the cheapest and most compliant sections of the North American workforce. - WILLIAM K. CARROLL University of Victoria.

Clarkson, Stephen - 1988 Continentalism: The conceptual challenge for Canadian social science. The John Porter Memorial Lectures 1984-1987. Montreal: Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association.

Continentalism: The conceptual challenge for Canadian social science. Pp. 23-43 in The John Porter Memorial Lectures 1984-1987. Montreal: Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association. Clarkson, Stephen - 1988.