Negotiating Identities: Anglophones Teaching and Living in Quebec

By Diane Gérin-Lajoie

© 2016

As members of an official linguistic minority in Canada, Anglophone teachers living and working in Quebec have a distinct experience of the relationship between language and identity. In Negotiating Identities, Diane Gérin-Lajoie uses a critical sociological framework to explore the life stories of Anglophone teachers and illustrate the social practices which connect them with their linguistic, cultural, and professional identities.

Exploring the complexity of identity as a lived experience, Negotiating Identities demonstrates the strength of language as a political force in these educators’ lives both in the classroom and outside it. Through comparisons with the other official linguistic minority in Canada, the Francophones, and particularly with Franco-Ontarians, this book tells the stories of Quebec’s Anglophone teachers in their own words, providing a unique account of how these individuals make sense of their lives as residents of Quebec.

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  • Page Count: 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 0.8in x 9.3in
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Diane Gérin-Lajoie uses survey data and the life stories of Anglophone teachers to illustrate the social practices which connect them with their linguistic, cultural, and professional identities.

Negotiating Identities: Anglophones Teaching and Living in Quebec

By Diane Gérin-Lajoie

© 2016

As members of an official linguistic minority in Canada, Anglophone teachers living and working in Quebec have a distinct experience of the relationship between language and identity. In Negotiating Identities, Diane Gérin-Lajoie uses a critical sociological framework to explore the life stories of Anglophone teachers and illustrate the social practices which connect them with their linguistic, cultural, and professional identities.

Exploring the complexity of identity as a lived experience, Negotiating Identities demonstrates the strength of language as a political force in these educators’ lives both in the classroom and outside it. Through comparisons with the other official linguistic minority in Canada, the Francophones, and particularly with Franco-Ontarians, this book tells the stories of Quebec’s Anglophone teachers in their own words, providing a unique account of how these individuals make sense of their lives as residents of Quebec.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 0.8in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    "Negotiating Identities offers deep insight into the lived realities of English-speakers in Quebec today, especially in the area of English-language education. Well written and easy to follow, the book touches upon the complexities of how these teachers negotiate both their linguistic and their professional identities within Quebec's unique sociological setting."


    Paul Zanazanian, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University
  • Author Information

    Diane Gérin-Lajoie a sociologist of education, is a professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    Chapter One – Introduction

    Chapter Two - Social, Linguistic, and Educational Contexts of Anglophones Living in Quebec

    Chapter Three - Teachers' Stories - Association A

    Chapter Four - Teachers' Stories - Association B

    Chapter Five - The Complex Notions of Identity and Sense of Belonging to the Linguistic Minority Group

    Chapter Six - The Politics of Language

    Chapter Seven - Teaching in English Minority Language Schools in Quebec

    Chapter Eight - Concluding Remarks

    Appendix - Survey on Language Practices and Career Path – Tables

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