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Master of Arts (MA)
Alper, Donald K.
Abedi, Amir, 1966-
Kamena, Theodore H.
This paper explores the changes that Québécois nationalism has experienced between 1960 and 2000 as reflected in the discourse of the Parti Québécois (PQ). The hypothesis of this study holds that the provincial and federal political environment has affected the issues that are emphasized in nationalism discourse in Québec. The leaders of the PQ are likely to emphasize the economic or state-building potential of the province when Québec is on the brink of a sovereignty referendum or a constitutional reform initiative. Cultural references, such as language or history, are assumed to be emphasized when the PQ is not in power, following a campaign for sovereignty, or following constitutional reform. The methodology of this study will be a discourse analysis of three major leaders of the PQ; René Levesque, Jacques Parizeau, and Lucien Bouchard. Texts published by the leaders, and interviews with selected leaders comprise the data of this study. The discourse is analyzed according to a list of code words which will indicate the intended use of language. It is found that the internal and external political environment surrounding the PQ influences the goal of nationalism which each leader emphasizes in his speech.
Western Washington University
Subjects – Names (LCNAF)
Lévesque, René, 1922-1987--Correspondence; Parizeau, Jacques, 1930---Correspondence; Bouchard, Lucien--Correspondence
Subject – LCSH
Parti québécois--Political activity; Nationalism--Québec (Province); Québec (Province)--Politics and government--1960-
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Perkins, Kristina, "The delicate state of the nation-state: a discourse analysis of the Parti Québécois from 1960-2000" (2011). WWU Graduate School Collection. 118.