Francophone Publications: Official and Unofficial School Inspection

Below is a summary of the published 2001 article written by Yvette Mahé.  A PDF version of the article has been posted below for your convenience.  Please observe the copyright notice, thank you.

and unofficial school inspection as hegemonic and counter-hegemonic struggle in Prairie Districts before 1940Mahé, Yvette T.M. (2001) Official and unofficial school inspection as hegemonic and counter-hegemonic struggle in Prairie Districts before 1940.  Canadian Ethnic Studies/Études ethniques au Canada, 33 (2), 31-51.

This paper examines how state inspectors and « visiteurs d’écoles (unofficial inspectors) shaped hegemonic and counter-hegemonic cultural practices in bilingual school districts in Prairie Provinces before 1940.  The study allows us to better understand why state inspection constituted a threat to Francophone cultural continuity, and why Francophones constructed a counter-hegemonic curriculum and named “Visiteurs des écoles bilingues” to negotiate their legitimacy in Anglo-dominant public schools.  Therefore, bilingual schools represent sites where Francophones and Anglophones carried on a struggle to maintain and reproduce their language and world-view.

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