Averting Intragenerational and Intergenerational Religious Bullying in Schools and in Society through Religious Literacy: Québec as a Case Study

  • W. Y. Alice ChanEmail author
Part of the Boundaries of Religious Freedom: Regulating Religion in Diverse Societies book series (BOREFRRERE)


Bullying occurs around the world, but little is known about religious bullying—bullying that occurs based on one’s religious or non-religious identity. This chapter discusses the potential of an intragenerational and intergenerational pattern in religious bullying, a possibility in all forms of bullying, and how it may be addressed despite the societal boundaries and institutional regulations that exist in a society. As a short-term solution, anti-bullying programmes respond to direct instances of bullying, but studies show that a number of them are counter-productive. As an alternative means to prevent and address religious bullying, this chapter considers Québec’s institutionalised Ethics and Religious Culture programme as a potentially long-term solution while raising the constraints posed by both Québec’s conception of interculturalism and the course curriculum itself.


(Religious) bullying Religious literacy Québec, Canada Interculturalism School(ing) Religion and society 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Integrated Studies in EducationMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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