What Does it Mean to be a Montrealer? Multiculturalism, Cosmopolitanism and Exclusion Identity from the Perspective of Montreal's Ethnocultural and Linguistic Minorities

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What Does it Mean to be a Montrealer? Multiculturalism, Cosmopolitanism and Exclusion Identity from the Perspective of Montreal's Ethnocultural and Linguistic Minorities
Abstract
The author explores the meaning of the Montreal identity from the perspective of the city's ethnocultural and linguistic minorities. He points out that it is commonplace in the academic literature on Montreal to describe the city and its identity in terms of its multicultural and cosmopolitan sensibilities. While this forms part of what it means to be a Montrealer, he argues, this is not the only significance that this project accounts for. In examining the opinion sections of the Montreal Gazette from September 4, 2012 to April 7, 2014 ̶ a period that coincides with the Parti Québécois' eighteen months in power under the leadership of Pauline Marois ̶ the author reveals that the meaning of the Montreal identity is tied to both the aforementioned multicultural and cosmopolitan sensibilities, as well as a sentiment of exclusion rooted in an ethnic interpretation of the "Québec nation". Accordingly, the author's research shows how these aspects of Montrealness contribute to the building of a Montreal identity that is meant to be distinct and even opposed to "Québec" identity.
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Master's Thesis
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University of Ottawa
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Ottawa, ON
Date
2016
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en
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Catalano, Andy. “What Does It Mean to Be a Montrealer? Multiculturalism, Cosmopolitanism and Exclusion Identity from the Perspective of Montreal’s Ethnocultural and Linguistic Minorities.” Master’s Thesis, University of Ottawa, 2016. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol2/OOU/TC-OOU-34493.pdf.
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