Le jumelage entre les nouveaux arrivants et les québécois de la société d'accueil

Authors: Martin, Anne
Abstract: This thesis takes an ethnological approach and the research methodology is qualitative. The objective of the research is to demonstrate the complexity of the specific social intervention represented by the ‘twinning’ of newcomers with Quebecois from the receiving society. Our research ground is the Intercultural Twinning Network: an umbrella group of community practitioners in this area. The twinning program applied by the majority of practitioners in the Intercultural Twinning Network is one defined and funded by the state. However the social intervention of “twinning” goes beyond the simple setting up of a social relationship. The complexity of both the migration process and the integration process into the new society with which the newcomer is confronted, and thus indirectly confronts his/her twin, will have a decisive influence on the dynamics of their relationship. We will demonstrate that, while the objectives of the twinning program as set by the state are respected by the community organisations with regard to its function as a social regulator, community practitioners tend to give more weight to the innovative function of social linking, and the transformation of social relations. Nevertheless, an analysis of our results reveals that even though this view permeates the spirit of the twinning program, reality may be expressed in a different way. The uncertainty of the practitioner, which is linked to her awareness of her own limitations is reinforced by multiple constraints which have a considerable impact on the practice of twinning. The recruitment and selection of the participants are two major challenges, but by no means the only ones. It has become clear that the issue of the relationship between the practitioners and those who are twinned, and between the twins themselves, is at the heart of their concerns. Unspoken practices and zones of uncertainty push the practitioner to question their role and the limits of their functions. The practitioners acquire an ability to accept doubt, to discover other spaces for intervention and to develop alliances. The complexity of the integration process requires not only an individual comprehension of the process, but demands a collective acceptance of the implications of this same process. Twinning cannot be only a form of social regulation; it is also, more importantly, an agent of transformation.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2002
Open Access Date: 11 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/17780
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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