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Integration policies are usually conceived, justified, and analyzed with explicit or implicit reference to notions of majority and minorities. The relationship between the two categories is considered to be the foundation of diversity management. However, while fundamental, this relationship is problematic in several respects, because various factors contribute to unsettling it. Moreover, transnational flows of people and information link local minorities with majorities elsewhere, and local majorities may simultaneously be minorities at another level. This is particularly true in the case of “small nations” such as Quebec. The article aims to problematize this majority/minority relationship, the social processes of differentiation and hierarchization that come with it, and the transnational ties that connect local minorities with majority discourses elsewhere. This reflection is grounded in the case of Muslims in Quebec.

  • Quebec
  • majority
  • minority
  • differenciation
  • hierarchisation
  • islam
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