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Contrasting identities / competing rhetorics : Anglophones' challenge to Québec's national project

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Contrasting identities / competing rhetorics : Anglophones' challenge to Québec's national project

Bowen, Arabella (1999) Contrasting identities / competing rhetorics : Anglophones' challenge to Québec's national project. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis explores the ways that Quebec's anglophones were constituted as national and political subjects by Quebec's national project and the manners in which these constitutions inform anglophone politics today. First, the policy papers tabled by the Parti Québécois and the Liberal Party of Quebec in advance of the 1980 referendum on sovereignty-association are analyzed to reveal the ideological effects these contained regarding the status of English-speaking residents of the province. Pursuant to which, the period following the 1995 referendum is analyzed. After a narrow vote for continued union with Canada, a new politics emerged from anglophones whereby they reappropriated the terms of their constitution to enact a performative contradiction which sought to challenge the Québécois nationalist discourse. Specifically, this thesis argues that the subject positions attributed anglophones by the national project are dualistic and dissimilar, prompting two distinct rhetorical claims in one public sphere. Conclusions are drawn with respect to the success of anglophones' reappropriations, and suggestions are formulated as to the ways in which anglophones might better optimize their performative contradiction in the future.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Bowen, Arabella
Pagination:vi, 139 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Communication Studies
Date:1999
Thesis Supervisor(s):Charland, Maurice
ID Code:845
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:14
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:17
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