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.
Mahé, 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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