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Engaging with Diversity

Multidisciplinary Reflections on Plurality from Quebec


Edited By Stéphan Gervais, Raffaele Iacovino and Mary-Anne Poutanen

Contributed by leading scholars of Quebec Studies, both emerging and established, the 30 essays of this comprehensive collection offer a multidisciplinary survey of the study of diversity in Quebec over space and time. The volume is organized around a variety of themes through which Quebec’s plural reality is expressed, including conceptual, historical and contemporary approaches, covering a wide range of social and economic cleavages, identity markers, political contestation and, broadly, the lived experiences of Quebecers negotiating difference over time. In an environment increasingly demarcated by conflicts around values and cultural and social practices, this collection hopes to contribute to broadening the spectrum of voices to the current debate, adding an inclusive reflection to a conversation that has only intensified over the last decade. Quebec as a pluri-national and multi-ethnic society has been and remains a great laboratory to study and to test public policies on ethnic diversity. It allows us to identify the tensions and to evaluate the balance between the majority and the minority; and between settler society and indigenous nations, in conceptualizing and finding a normative consensus around the configuration of collective rights. In short, the contributions in this volume seek to illustrate how pluralism has and continues to constitute the lifeblood of belonging in Quebec.

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A conference, “Living in Quebec” organised by Stéphan Gervais, Raffaele Iacovino, and Mary Anne Poutanen, with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Quebec Studies Program (Faculty of Arts, McGill University), Association internationale d’études québécoises, Department of Political Science, Carleton University, Montreal History Group/ Groupe d’histoire de Montréal, Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes – Programme de soutien à la recherche en matière d’affaires intergouvernementales et d’identité québécoise (PSRAIIQ), and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal (CIRM, Faculty of Arts McGill University).

This publication has been peer reviewed. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form, by print, photocopy, microfilm or any other means, without prior written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved. © P.I.E. PETER LANG S.A.    Éditions scientifiques internationales    Brussels, 2018    1 avenue Maurice, B-1050 Brussels, Belgique;

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Names: Gervais, Stephan, editor. | Iacovino, Raffaele, editor. | Poutanen, Mary Anne, 1952- editor. Title: Engaging with diversity: multidisciplinary reflections on plurality from Quebec / Stephan Gervais, Raffaele Iacovino and Mary Anne Poutanen (editors). Description: Bruxelles; New York: P.I.E. Peter Lang, [2018] | Series: Diversitas; vol. 23 | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2018030591| ISBN 9782807607668 (alk. paper) | ISBN 9782807607675 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 9782807607682 (epub) | ISBN 9782807607699 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Cultural pluralism--Quebec (Province) | Multiculturalism--Quebec (Province) | Quebec (Province)--Ethnic relations. Classification: LCC HN110.Q4 E54 2018 | DDC 306.44/609714--dc23 LC record available at

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