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Innis, Harold Adams


Born Nov. 5, 1894; died Nov. 8, 1952. Canadian bourgeois economist and historian. Doctor of philosophy (1920).

In 1916, Innis graduated from McMaster University (in Hamilton, Ontario). In 1920 he became a professor of political economy at the University of Toronto, and from 1937 on he was dean of the department of economics. Innis was president of the Canadian Political Science Association (from 1937) and president of an association of economic historians (from 1942). He was the founder of the study of Canada’s economic history. He did research on the principal branches of the country’s economy and on the interrelationship between politics and economics, attributing great importance to the influence of the geographic environment and of transportation on the life of society.


Political Economy in the Modern State. Toronto, 1946.
Empire and Communications. Oxford, 1950.
Changing Concepts of Time. Toronto, 1952.


The Culture of Contemporary Canada. Edited by J. Park. New York, 1957.
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Those of you who are familiar with Carey's scholarship know that he was a leading expert on the work of the Harold Innis, and that Innis was a Canadian economist who, toward the end of his career, turned his attention to the study of communication and, particularly, the relationship between forms of communication and social organization.
Not only did the Canadian Social Science Research Council and the Humanities Research Council of Canada both receive more than 90 percent of their funding from American philanthropy before their integration into the activities of the Canada Council in 1957, but Brison also shows to what extent the well-known anti-American nationalists Harold Innis and Donald Creighton benefited from funding they received from American foundations.
The treatment of the historical context in Chapter 1 suggests that connection between communication and empire that Harold Innis first theorized 50 years ago.
The image of filmmakers as nickel miners gives new life to the staples thesis, though perhaps not in the way Harold Innis would have intended.
Subjects covered in this part include a discussion of the work of Neil Postman, Marshall McLuhan, Walter Ong, Harold Innis, Lewis Mumford, and Jacques Ellul; a discussion of the formal roots of media ecology in the study of language and symbolic communication; and a general discussion of media ecology as an intellectual approach.
John Watson's masterly portrait of Harold Innis, Marginal Man (reviewed in the December 2005 issue of the LRC) showed that pioneering genius to be at odds with conventional colonial mapmakers.
Moreover, Paul Heyer has recently published a definitive biographical study, Harold Innis (2003).
decades earlier than McLuhan by his mentor Harold Innis in his 1951 work
McKenzie, and he also had a major influence on the work of Harold Innis (Carey, 1989).
According to such writers as Harold Innis, Marshall McLuhan, Neil Postman, and others, graphic, filmic, and electornic media create different kinds of communications environments.
Historically, this perspective provided the initial foundation for the academic study of communications in Canada and produced such internationally renowned scholars as Harold Innis and Dallas Smythe.
Now, the ghost of Harold Innis has been evoked again in Ralph Matthews' essay "Committing Canadian Sociology" (Matthews 2014).