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How French Canadians became White Folks, or doing things with race in Quebec

How French Canadians became White Folks, or doing things with race in Quebec As far as nineteenth century Anglosaxons were concerned, French Canadians were not quite white. This article considers the racial dimension of French-Canadian subjugation, long elided and ignored by historians. However, the descendants of French Canadians are no longer construed, and no longer construe themselves, as a racialized group, but rather as a modern, white, western nation. These changes in racial assignment still influence how French and English Canadians make sense of Canadian politics and identities today. Although Quebec's dual majority/minority status in Canada has been well studied, this article also taps into critical race and whiteness studies to examine how notions of evolution, civilization and progress continue to influence how to do things with race in Quebec. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ethnic and Racial Studies Taylor & Francis

How French Canadians became White Folks, or doing things with race in Quebec

Ethnic and Racial Studies , Volume 39 (7): 18 – May 27, 2016
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2015 Taylor & Francis
ISSN
1466-4356
eISSN
0141-9870
DOI
10.1080/01419870.2015.1103880
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Abstract

As far as nineteenth century Anglosaxons were concerned, French Canadians were not quite white. This article considers the racial dimension of French-Canadian subjugation, long elided and ignored by historians. However, the descendants of French Canadians are no longer construed, and no longer construe themselves, as a racialized group, but rather as a modern, white, western nation. These changes in racial assignment still influence how French and English Canadians make sense of Canadian politics and identities today. Although Quebec's dual majority/minority status in Canada has been well studied, this article also taps into critical race and whiteness studies to examine how notions of evolution, civilization and progress continue to influence how to do things with race in Quebec.

Journal

Ethnic and Racial StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: May 27, 2016

Keywords: Québec; Canada; race; racism; minorities; political cartoons; colonialism

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