Language Ideologies and Mobility: A Political Economy Approach to Quebec City's English-speaking Minority

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Title: Language Ideologies and Mobility: A Political Economy Approach to Quebec City's English-speaking Minority
Authors: Caron, Daniel
Date: 2017
Abstract: Socio-economic processes have long underlined the value of language and ethno-linguistic categories in Canada. The Quiet Revolution, widely considered to be one such process, has resulted in the production of Quebec's English-speaking minority. Although recent studies pertaining to Quebec's English-speaking minority have largely focused on the construction of identity, little research has explored the perceived value of language. While Quebec City’s English-speaking minority is increasingly bilingual, figures suggest that its youth continues to migrate. Through a critical perspective, this thesis explores how Quebec City’s English-speaking minority is navigating the uneven distribution and rising value of bilingualism. Using a qualitative approach, I conducted 15 interviews with participants who attended an English-language high school in Quebec City. Results revealed that participants mobilized ethnic and economic language ideologies as a means to negotiate the value of their linguistic practices and that these language ideologies structured mobility and enabled participants to reposition themselves within a new linguistic market.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/35822
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-18830
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