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Multiculturalism, Interculturalism, and the Changing Definition of National Culture

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This chapter chronicles the emergence and evolution of both Canadian multicultural policy and Québec intercultural policy in the context of this "double movement," albeit with a focus on culture that is much more explicit than in Polanyi's original thesis. Québec's focus on interculturalism is distinct from the Canadian model in its explicit endorsement of French as the dominant language while recognizing and protecting cultural pluralism. The interesting aspect of Québec's intercultural framework is its relative stability in comparison with Canadian multiculturalism, with respect to institutional support and to policy revision. When compared with federal multicultural policy the ability of Québec intercultural policy to maintain its core structure, responsibilities, and overall framework allows us to conclude that it is better able to function in the context of the double movement, largely due to the strength of national demands for Québécois cultural protection.

Keywords:Canadian multicultural policy; interculturalism; language legislation; multiculturalism; Québec's intercultural framework



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