Youth, Language, and Identity
Portraits of Students from English-language High Schools in the Montreal Area
The book begins with an overview of the social and educational reality of Quebec's anglophone minority, and then presents the findings on students' language practices. The central chapters sketch identity portraits of the study's participants, and the later chapters pursue analyses of the themes raised by the study. The result is an original contribution to the understanding of language and identity that will be of interest to school administrators and teachers working in minority-language communities in Canada, and to scholars working on issues of minorities in the social sciences.
“This is a comprehensive, well written and well researched study. Working within a critical postmodern perspective, the author demonstrates the limitations of classic sociological theories, and carefully identifies the problems associated with essentialist notions of individual identity. The study is particularly interesting because it demonstrates in the students’ own words that one’s identity is not fixed in its development; instead, identity is fluid, situational, and highly influenced by specific contexts of interactions. A lovely breakthrough in thinking.”
– Cecille DePass, University of Calgary
“The youths’ portraits are uniformly structured, yet very different one fron the other. One really gets to the heart of the different life conditions and experiences of the youth, their differing representations of language and linguistic communities, and their different ensuing identity positioning.”
– Normand Labrie, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education