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Beheading the Saint

Nationalism, Religion, and Secularism in Quebec

Geneviève Zubrzycki

Beheading the Saint

Geneviève Zubrzycki

224 pages | 8 color plates, 54 halftones, 1 line drawing | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780226391687 Published December 2016
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780226391540 Published December 2016
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Through much of its existence, Québec’s neighbors called it the “priest-ridden province.” Today, however, Québec society is staunchly secular, with a modern welfare state built on lay provision of social services—a transformation rooted in the “Quiet Revolution” of the 1960s.
            In Beheading the Saint, Geneviève Zubrzycki studies that transformation through a close investigation of the annual Feast of St. John the Baptist of June 24. The celebrations of that national holiday, she shows, provided a venue for a public contesting of the dominant ethno-Catholic conception of French Canadian identity and, via the violent rejection of Catholic symbols, the articulation of a new, secular Québécois identity. From there, Zubrzycki extends her analysis to the present, looking at the role of Québécois identity in recent debates over immigration, the place of religious symbols in the public sphere, and the politics of cultural heritage—issues that also offer insight on similar debates elsewhere in the world.
Contents
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1 From French Canada to Québec: An Introduction
Key Trope: Anticolonialism and Language
Part One Making and Unmaking of French-Canadianness
2 The Iconic Making of French Canadianness
Key Trope: The Family
3 Iconoclastic Unmaking: The Quiet Revolution’s Aesthetic Revolt (1959–69)
Key Trope: The Soil
Part Two Making and Debating Québécois-ness
4 Iconographic Remaking and the Politics of Identity: The Ambiguous Reinvention of the Fête
Key Trope: The Sheep
5 Nationalism, Secularism, and Cultural Heritage
Key Trope: The Flag
6 Conclusion: Toward a Cultural Sociology of Identity Transformation
Appendix A Historical Cues
Appendix B Parade Themes
Appendix C Methods and Sources
References
Index
Review Quotes
Times Higher Education
"An unprecedentedly nuanced account."
William H. Sewell, Jr., University of Chicago
“Zubrzycki’s analysis is a tour de force and a real contribution to visual sociology and the history of material culture. She brilliantly unpacks the cultural and iconographic logics of the various visual symbols and argues convincingly that these iconographic struggles were not merely products of the political and cultural change taking place in Quebec society, but themselves important agents producing the change. Beheading the Saint is beautifully written, splendidly illustrated, based on extensive research, much of it archival, and extremely original. Its subject is one of the most interesting, but insufficiently well-known, social and political transformations of the past half-century. This is a superb book.”
Robin Wagner-Pacifici, the New School
“Elaborating the ‘national sensorium’ through which French Canadians became Quebecois in the late twentieth century, Zubrzycki skillfully deploys the tools of sociological, historical, and visual analysis to reveal a new national identity in the making. Zubrzycki’s deep and detailed readings of holidays, parades, symbols, and political debates brilliantly illuminate the contingent dynamic interrelations between nationalism, religion, and secularism. An important book for our own symbolically charged times.”
Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University
“In this richly detailed historical investigation of religion and politics in Quebec, Zubrzycki provides an impressive new approach to the study of visual culture, identity transformation, and symbolic politics. Beheading the Saint is a major theoretical and methodological contribution to the study of culture, religion, and nationalism.”
Michèle Lamont, Harvard University
“In Beheading the Saint, Zubrzycki offers a fascinating analysis of how French Canadians became Québécois at the speed of light. She also provides a much-needed non-reductivist analysis of the unfolding of chains of signification that transform collective identity. This book will be of great interest to an interdisciplinary audience aiming to understand the changing relationship between secularism and nationalism at the level of narratives and experiences.”
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