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Educ. Sci. 2018, 8(4), 183; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci8040183

Religion and Negotiation of the Boundary between Majority and Minority in Québec: Discourses of Young Muslims in Montréal CÉGEPs

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Département de Sciences des Religions, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montréal, QC H2L 4Y2, Canada
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Département D’administration et Fondements de L’éducation, Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC H3C 3J7, Canada
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Received: 4 September 2018 / Revised: 3 October 2018 / Accepted: 21 October 2018 / Published: 24 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Education and Religion in a Secular Age)
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In Québec, tensions between youth immigrants’ identification and the perceived identity of the “majority group” is evident in greater Montréal-area schools, where a plurality of ethno-cultural or religious affiliations often converge and where racism and Islamophobia are becoming major social issues (Benhadjoudja 2014; Baubérot 2014; Bilge 2013). This paper aims to explore the discourses of “minoritized” Muslim youth pertaining to their perceived boundaries with respect to the majority group, considering the power relations at play. Ten qualitative interviews with Muslim youth born to immigrant parents and studying in colleges (CEGEPs) of the Montréal region will be analyzed. A typological analysis will reveal their main positions with regard to the majority group, which encompass ways of negotiating the border between the “Us” and “Them,” influenced by the process of secularism, arising from acceptance, contestation, or even a sort of exacerbation of racializing categorization. In conclusion, the social and political implications of these findings will be discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious minorities; secularism; Muslim; youth; immigration; social boundaries; identification; college; Québec religious minorities; secularism; Muslim; youth; immigration; social boundaries; identification; college; Québec
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Tremblay, S.; Magnan, M.-O.; Levasseur, C. Religion and Negotiation of the Boundary between Majority and Minority in Québec: Discourses of Young Muslims in Montréal CÉGEPs. Educ. Sci. 2018, 8, 183.

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