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Moments of Crisis

Religion and National Identity in Québec

In the past two decades, Québec has been racked by a series of controversies in which the religiosity of migrants and minorities has been represented as a threat to the province’s once staunchly Catholic, and now resolutely secular, identity. In Moments of Crises, Ian Morrison locates these debates within a longer history of crises within – and transformations of – Québécois identity, from the Conquest of New France in 1760 to contemporary times. He argues that rather than seeking to overcome these crises by reconsolidating national identity, Québec should look on them as opportunities to forge alternative conceptions of community, identity, and belonging.

230 pages

Table of Contents


1 National Identity, Contingency, and Durability: Historicizing the Nation

2 The Rise of Clerico-Nationalism: Modernity, Assimilation, and Survivance

3 The Quiet Revolution and the State-Centred Nation: Immaturity, Abnormality, Autonomy, and Authenticity

4 The Construction of the Secular Québécois Citizen and the Problem of the Religious Subject

5 Migration and the Crisis of Identity: From the Hérouxville Code to the Charter of Québécois Values


References; Index

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