Quebec sociology: agendas from society or from sociologists?

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  • *I am grateful to Ron Gillis of the University of Toronto and to Gilles Houle of the University de Montréal for their comments on an earlier version of this essay and, in particular, for their valuable suggestions.

Abstract

La plupart des questions sur lesquelles les sociologues québécois se sont penches au cours des dernières décennies se rapportent d'une facon ou d'une autre aux transformations qui ont eu lieu au cours de la ‘Révolution tranquille’. Les objets de leur recherche peuvent être regroupes sous trois chapitres: la modernization, le nationalisme, et l'égalité sociale. Le passage d'un ordre socio-culturel à un autre entraine des tensions et oppositions entre les groupes en place et ceux qui aspirent à un ordre different; entre groupes pronant des idéologies differentes. Les sociologues (et autres specialistes en sciences sociales) faisaient partie de groupes qui preconisaient certains types de changements. L'essai porte sur les facons dont les transformations sociales et l'implication des sociologues dans leur deroulement ont oriente la discipline - à la fois dans ce qui à constitue ses objets de recherche et dans ce qui à ete neglige. L'impact de ces phenomenes sur revolution de la profession est egalement examine.

The work of Quebec sociologists during the last few decades has dealt with issues related to the transformation of society that has characterized the ‘Quiet Revolution’. The significant trends of research can be grouped under three categories of issues: those pertaining to modernization, nationalism, and social equality. The changes from one socio-cultural order to another has involved tensions and opposition between established and contending groups; between groups with different ideological orientations. Sociologists (and other social scientists) were part of groups advocating particular kinds of changes. This essay examines some of the ways in which the on-going social change and the involvement of sociologists in it has oriented the discipline - both in what has been researched and what has been neglected. Some observations are also made with regard to their impact on the evolution of the profession.

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