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Quebec Identity: The Challenge of Pluralism

Jocelyn Maclure’s critical reflection on how Quebec’s identity has been articulated since the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s shows that neither the nationalism of Hubert Aquin, Pierre Vallières, Fernand Dumont and their followers, nor the antinationalism of Pierre Trudeau and his followers, provide identity stories and political projects adequate for contemporary Quebec. Maclure provides an original and alternative reframing of the debate, detaching the question of Quebec’s identity from the question of sovereignty versus federalism and linking it closely to Quebec’s cultural diversity and to the consolidation of its democratic sphere. In so doing, he rethinks the conditions of authenticity, leaves space for First Nations’ self-determination, and takes acount of globalization. The English edition has been expanded with additional references as well as a glossary of names, institutions, and concepts.rnTranslated by Peter Feldstein. With a forward by Charles Taylor.

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