Sociology Index


Continental and Continentalism

Continentalism is more influential than language. Continentalism was 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 adjective "continental" refers to the social practices or fashion of continental Europe, as opposed to those in Britain.

Continentalism is the policies that favor the regionalization and cooperation between nations within a continent. The term Continentalism is used more often in the European and North American contexts. 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 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.

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.