Language as a Technology of Power : An Intersectional Analysis of the Charter of the French Language

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Language as a Technology of Power : An Intersectional Analysis of the Charter of the French Language
Abstract
The authors examine the role of the Charter of the French Language in solidifying and entrenching French as the primary signifier of Quebec’s identity and culture through the exclusion of the intersectional social location of racialized minorities. Specifically, the authors offer an analysis of the impact of the Charter on Allophone racialized communities within Quebec in light of the prioritization of French in public discourse. The authors note that a critical discourse analysis (CDA) of the language of the Charter of the French Language, in conjunction with a cursory overview of media coverage regarding Allophone communities in La Presse and the Montreal Gazette, provides the framework of analysis. Drawing from existing studies and analysis of the Charter, the authors argue that language itself functions as a technology of power, separating out those who symbolically belong and those who are erased from Québécois culture.
Book Title
La Charte : La loi 101 et les Québécois d’expression anglaise / The Charter : Bill 101 and English-Speaking Quebec
Place
Québec
Publisher
Presses de l’Université Laval
Date
2021
Pages
249-279
Language
en
ISBN
978-2-7637-5436-9
Citation
Jiwani, Yasmin, Shanice Bernicky, Jaëlle Dutremble-Rivet, Aurelia Talvela, and Maya Youngs-Zaleski. “Language as a Technology of Power : An Intersectional Analysis of the Charter of the French Language.” In La Charte : La Loi 101 et Les Québécois d’expression Anglaise / The Charter : Bill 101 and English-Speaking Quebec, edited by Lorraine O’Donnell, Patrick Donovan, and Brian Lewis, 249–279. Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2021.
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