By Geneviève Zubrzycki

Through a lot of its lifestyles, Québec’s pals known as it the “priest-ridden province.” at the present time, despite the fact that, Québec society is staunchly secular, with a contemporary welfare country outfitted on lay provision of social services—a transformation rooted within the “Quiet Revolution” of the 1960s.

            In Beheading the Saint, Geneviève Zubrzycki reviews that transformation via an in depth research of the once a year dinner party of St. John the Baptist of June 24. The celebrations of that nationwide vacation, she exhibits, supplied a venue for a public contesting of the dominant ethno-Catholic perception of French Canadian id and, through the violent rejection of Catholic symbols, the articulation of a brand new, secular Québécois id. From there, Zubrzycki extends her research to the current, the function of Québécois identification in contemporary debates over immigration, where of non secular symbols within the public sphere, and the politics of cultural heritage—issues that still supply perception on related debates in different places within the world.

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