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Volume XLIV, Number 1 Winter/Spring - Hiver/Printemps (2015)

La brayonnité, la brayonnité?!? : référence madawaskayenne en chantier, 1785-2014

July 16, 2015


Borrowing the sociologist Fernand Dumont’s concept of “grouping by referenceˮ, the author provides in this article a summary of the synchronic and diachronic evolution of the collective identification of Madawaska residents. He shows that a distinctive sense of belonging as well as an Acadian national consciousness has always prevailed in the region since the last quarter of the 19th century. He concludes by arguing that the appropriation of the pejorative term “brayonˮ, as constructed largely by tourism promoters, represents – in the absence of any political project – a strictly economic form of regionalism.