Franchir les frontières scolaires, franchir les frontières identitaires? De l’école anglaise vers l’université francophone au Québec

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Franchir les frontières scolaires, franchir les frontières identitaires? De l’école anglaise vers l’université francophone au Québec
Abstract
Quebec Anglophones have always been a demographic minority, but it was only during the 1970s that they began to perceive themselves as a linguistic minority. While the English-speaking community continues to be one of the basic components of the "Quebec image", who exactly are the social actors who make it up and who contribute to the construction of Quebec society and identity? Do Quebec English schools, one of the principal vehicles that allow the perpetuation (or the creation) of a sense of belonging, fulfil a role as socializers in the construction of a collective consciousness? Using a constructivist and interactional approach to the formation of identity, the author looks at the role of English schools in young adults' identity construction. More specifically, the author concentrates on the formation of an identity of young adults who have "crossed academic boundaries", that is, who have gone from English secondary education to university in French. She analyzes, through ten interviews, the social and identity experiences of young people who have gone through the English school system and have opted for linguistic academic mobility, that is, from English secondary schooling to a French university (and thus toward a new experience of differences). The author's preliminary conclusions indicate that the experience of English schooling within the context of a French speaking majority in Quebec acts as a frame of reference for the young people she interviewed, which is invoked more or less often according to their life choices.
Publication
Ethnologies : revue de l'Association Canadienne d'Ethnologie et de Folklore
Volume
Vol. 31
Issue
no. 2
Pages
289-312
Date
2009
Language
fr
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Citation
Magnan, Marie-Odile. “Franchir les frontières scolaires, franchir les frontières identitaires? De l’école anglaise vers l’université francophone au Québec.” Ethnologies : revue de l’Association Canadienne d’Ethnologie et de Folklore Vol. 31, no. 2 (2009): 289–312. http://www.erudit.org/fr/revues/ethno/2010-v31-n2-ethno3691/039373ar/.
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