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Language Matters

How Canadian Voluntary Associations Manage French and English

edited by David R. Cameron & Richard Simeon

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list price: $34.95
also available: eBook Hardcover
published: 2010
publisher: UBC Press

In the 1960s, a study for the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism Commission revealed that Canadian associations were often paralyzed by internal conflicts over language. Language Matters examines whether this remains the case.The contributors present case studies or life histories of diverse associations, from business organizations to groups concerned with social justice. They examine key turning points in the given association’s history and explore how its mandate, leadership, relationship to the federal and provincial governments, and shifting options in the political arena shaped its response to linguistic diversity. Language Matters provides a deeper understanding of the language dynamic in Canada and offers solutions to groups and governments trying to manage difference.


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David R. Cameron is the chair of and professor in political science at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Richard Simeon is a professor of political science and law at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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