From coast to coast, hockey is played, watched, loved, and detested, but it means something different in Quebec. Although
much of English Canada believes that hockey is a fanatically followed social unifier in the French-speaking province, in reality
it has always been politicized, divided, and troubled by religion, class, gender, and language. In The Same but Different,
writers from inside and outside Quebec assess the game's history and culture in the province from the nineteenth century to
the present. This volume surveys the past and present uses of hockey and how it has been represented in literature, drama,
television, and autobiography. While the legendary Montreal Canadiens loom throughout the book's chapters, the collection
also discusses Quebecers' favourite sport beyond the team's shadow. Employing a broad range of approaches including study
of gender, memory, and culture, the authors examine how hockey has become a lightning rod for discussions about Quebecois
identity. Hockey reveals much about Quebec and its relationship with the rest of Canada.
The Same but Different brings
new insights into the celebrated game as a site for community engagement, social conflict, and national expression.