"Not just francophone": The hybridity of minority francophone youths in Canada

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Title: "Not just francophone": The hybridity of minority francophone youths in Canada
Authors: Dallaire, Christine
Date: 2003
Abstract: Minority francophone youths in Canada are expected to carry the future of francophone communities but they are also attracted by the opportunities available within the dominant (Anglo-Canadian, North American) cultures. In the face of these assimilative pressures, regional and provincial francophone organizations in Ontario, Alberta and the maritime provinces sponsor annual summer games bringing together adolescents for a "French" weekend of sporting and cultural activities. The purpose of this ethnographic study of the Alberta Francophone Games, the Jeux de l’Acadie and the Jeux franco-ontariens is to further explore how minority francophone youths construct and express their identity. The analysis reveals that a sizeable proportion of participants reproduce it as a component of a hybrid identity. Hybridity in this context refers to teenagers’ integration of once distinct francophone and anglophone cultural identities into a new mélange. Indeed, through interviews, drawings and questionnaires, adolescents give meaning to their sense of self and define themselves as "not just francophone."
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/12893
CollectionSciences de l’activité physique // Human Kinetics
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