Abstract/Details

Strategies of the self: Negotiating cultural identities in anglophone and allophone Montreal


2004 2004

Other formats: Order a copy

Abstract (summary)

The various elements that make up the individual's sense of cultural identity require a certain amount of negotiation and management in even the most straightforward of circumstances. This is particularly true for people who have multiple and/or contrasting identity claims. Group interviews with 72 allophone and anglophone Montreal residents were used to find patterns in strategies for negotiating these claims, given that these populations must contend with competing discourses about nation, language, ethnicity/race, religion, etc. A number of strategies were located and discussed, including modification of memory and performativity, strategic blindness, constitutive contradiction, constitutive contrast, and identification through exclusion. Individuals facing greater degrees of contradiction required increasing levels of cognitive labour and more sophisticated strategies of negotiation to make sense of their cultural identities; failure to do so was marked by feeling of isolation and alienation. Issues of “difference” and “authenticity” marked participants' discussions of identity, and a passionate attachment to Montreal was revealed to transcend for many any feelings of belongingness to either Canada and/or Québec.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Minority & ethnic groups;
Sociology;
Cultural anthropology;
Canadian studies
Classification
0631: Minority & ethnic groups
0631: Sociology
0326: Cultural anthropology
0385: Canadian studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Allophone; Anglophone; Cultural identities; Montreal; Negotiating; Quebec; Self
Title
Strategies of the self: Negotiating cultural identities in anglophone and allophone Montreal
Author
Sklar, Alissa Gail
Number of pages
412
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 65/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Henderson, Lisa; Schwartzwald, Robert
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3136779
ProQuest document ID
305177382
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305177382
Access the complete full text

You can get the full text of this document if it is part of your institution's ProQuest subscription.

Try one of the following:

  • Connect to ProQuest through your library network and search for the document from there.
  • Request the document from your library.
  • Go to the ProQuest login page and enter a ProQuest or My Research username / password.