Inequalities and Patterns of Social Attachments in Quebec and the Rest of Canada
This chapter deals with the social attachments of Canadians to their ethnic group and to society as a whole. Identification with, and involvement in, any collectivity is not automatic. The fact of being a member of a group does not necessarily mean that the group is important to the individual. People have a choice in the degree of importance they assign to different groups to which they belong or with which they are associated (Hewitt 1989, p. 137). These choices may be influenced by social structures and processes that may or may not be related to each other. In the book’s introduction, the association between commitment to the ethnic group and integration into the larger Canadian society is examined in a linear fashion, as being either negative or positive. It is also possible there are different combinations of relationships that indicate different mechanisms of attachment for different groups and in different regional contexts. Thus, an analysis of patterns of social attachments can throw light on the following issues pertaining to diversity in Canadian society.
KeywordsEthnic Identity Latent Class Analysis Ethnic Community Visible Minority Attachment Pattern
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