A compelling and informative overview of Quebec's evolution over the past several decades.
In the last seventy years, Quebec has changed from a society dominated by the social edicts of the Catholic Church and the economic interests of anglophone business leaders to a more secular culture that frequently elects separatist political parties and has developed the most comprehensive welfare state in North America. In Contemporary Quebec, leading scholars raise provocative questions about the ways in which Quebec has been transformed since the Second World War and offer competing interpretations of the reasons for the province's quiet and radical revolutions.
Collecting the works of historians, political scientists, sociologists, experts in aboriginal studies and women's studies, chapters consider issues ranging from language policies, to progressive changes in gender roles and norms, and intense debates surrounding issues of nationalism and identity. Providing a remarkably clear and engaging overview of the major themes, issues, and events of Quebec history, culture, and politics, Contemporary Quebec is an invaluable resource for history and Canadian Studies courses, and an ideal introduction for anyone wanting to better understand this dynamic province.
Contributors include Michael D. Behiels (Ottawa), Louis Bélanger (Laval), Gérard Boismenu (Montréal), Michael Burgess (Kent), Hans M. Carlson (Minnesota), Dominique Clément (Alberta), Donald Cuccioletta (UQO), Jules Duchastel (UQÀM), Michael Gauvreau (McMaster), Stéphanie Godin (UQÀM), Ralph P. Güntzel (Franklin College), Matthew Hayday (Guelph), Guy Lachapelle (Concordia), Daniel Latouche (INRS), Jocelyn Létourneau (Laval), Martin Lubin (SUNY Plattsburgh), C. Michael Macmillan (Mount Saint Vincent), Chantal Maillé (Concordia), Dominique Marshall (Carleton), Dominique Masson (Ottawa), Sean Mills (Toronto), Ines Molinaro (St. Clare's, Oxford), Nicole Neatby (St. Mary's), Max Nemni (Laval), Linda Pertusati (Bowling Green), Jacques Rouillard (Montréal), Ben Rowswell (Stanford), Paul Rynard (York), Daniel Salée (Concordia), Miriam Smith (York), and Reg Whitaker (Victoria).