Multiculturalism Within a Bilingual Framework: Language, Race, and Belonging in Canada

By Eve Haque

© 2012

From the time of its inception in Canada, multiculturalism has generated varied reactions, none more starkly than between French and English Canadians. In this groundbreaking new work, Eve Haque examines the Government of Canada's attempt to forge a national policy of unity based on ’multiculturalism within a bilingual framework,‘ a formulation that emerged out of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (1963-70). Uncovering how the policies of bilingualism and multiculturalism are inextricably linked, Haque investigates the ways in which they operate together as part of our contemporary national narrative to favour the language and culture of Canada's two ’founding nations‘ at the expense of other groups.

Haque uses previously overlooked archival material, including transcripts of royal commission hearings, memos, and reports, to reveal the conflicts underlying the emergence of this ostensibly seamless policy. By integrating two important areas of scholarly concern – the evolution and articulation of language rights in Canada, and the history of multiculturalism in the country – Haque provides powerful insight into ongoing asymmetries between Canada's various cultural and linguistic groups.

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By integrating two important areas of scholarly concern – the evolution and articulation of language rights in Canada, and the history of multiculturalism in the country – Haque provides powerful insight into ongoing asymmetries between Canada's various cultural and linguistic groups.

Multiculturalism Within a Bilingual Framework: Language, Race, and Belonging in Canada

By Eve Haque

© 2012

From the time of its inception in Canada, multiculturalism has generated varied reactions, none more starkly than between French and English Canadians. In this groundbreaking new work, Eve Haque examines the Government of Canada's attempt to forge a national policy of unity based on ’multiculturalism within a bilingual framework,‘ a formulation that emerged out of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (1963-70). Uncovering how the policies of bilingualism and multiculturalism are inextricably linked, Haque investigates the ways in which they operate together as part of our contemporary national narrative to favour the language and culture of Canada's two ’founding nations‘ at the expense of other groups.

Haque uses previously overlooked archival material, including transcripts of royal commission hearings, memos, and reports, to reveal the conflicts underlying the emergence of this ostensibly seamless policy. By integrating two important areas of scholarly concern – the evolution and articulation of language rights in Canada, and the history of multiculturalism in the country – Haque provides powerful insight into ongoing asymmetries between Canada's various cultural and linguistic groups.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.1in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘Well written and insightful, this work is a valuable contribution to political sociology, policy, and culture studies… Highly recommended.’
    D.A. Chekki
    Choice Magazine; vol 50:03:2012

    ‘Haque’s approach is innovative in that it specifically focuses on the accounts of indigenous and ethnic groups that were ultimately sidelined in the B and B Commission reports and later national policy.’
    Rachelle Vessey
    Language Policy; vol 13:01:2014
  • Author Information

    Eve Haque is an associate professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics and the Department of Equity Studies at York University.

  • Table of contents

    Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction: 'I'm Talking Language'

    Chapter 1 - Language, Nation and Race: Framing the Inquiry
    Chapter 2 - Historical Context
    Chapter 3 - Preliminary Hearings and Report
    Chapter 4 - Public Hearings and Research
    Chapter 5 - Book I: The Official Languages
    Chapter 6 - Book IV: The Cultural Contribution of the Other Ethnic Groups
    Conclusion: The Impossibility of Multiculturalism?

    Appendix: The Terms of Reference
    Bibliography

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