Symbolic and Material Interests in Language Policy Disputes: A Canadian Case

Bienvenue, Rita M.
December 1990
Social Science Quarterly (University of Texas Press);Dec1990, Vol. 71 Issue 4, p729
Academic Journal
The study focuses on the conflict associated with a bilingualism policy in Manitoba. The conceptual framework involves the identification of symbolic and material rewards inherent in the extension of bilingualism. The data include 404 briefs which were submitted by various pasts during the 1983-84 language dispute. Findings indicated that differing symbolic and material interests tend to differentiate French Canadian briefs from those submitted by other parties. Deviant cases are discussed.


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