Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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216 pages
6 x 9 inches
August 2011
Print ISBN: 9781551303956


This book is a path-breaking examination of identity construction among minority-language youth. Based on a three-year study at two English-language high schools in the Montreal area, it builds on Diane Gérin-Lajoie's previous work on Francophone minority identity in Ontario and extends her analysis to Canada's other official language minority: anglophones living in Quebec.

The book begins with an overview of the social and educational reality of Quebec's anglophone minority, and then presents the findings on students' language practices. The central chapters sketch identity portraits of the study's participants, and the later chapters pursue analyses of the themes raised by the study. The result is an original contribution to the understanding of language and identity that will be of interest to school administrators and teachers working in minority-language communities in Canada, and to scholars working on issues of minorities in the social sciences.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The Anglophone Social and Educational Context in Quebec

Chapter 3: Survey on Language Practices among Youth
In collaboration with Kirk Perris

Chapter 4: Youth from Montreal's South Shore
In collaboration with Christine Lenouvel

Chapter 5: Youth from Montreal Island
In collaboration with Christine Lenouvel

Chapter 6: The Complex Notion of Idnetity in the Youth's Lived Experience

Chapter 7: Minority-Language Schools in Quebec and Ontario

Chapter 8: Research on Youth and Identity



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