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La politique linguistique de la France à l'épreuve des revendications ethnoterritoriales

Harguindéguy, Jean-Baptiste and Cole, Alistair Mark 2009. La politique linguistique de la France à l'épreuve des revendications ethnoterritoriales. Revue Française de Science Politique 59 (5) , pp. 939-966. 10.3917/rfsp.595.0939

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France is often considered as a culturally homogeneous state-nation. However, although French remains the main used language, several minority languages are still spoken within the state borders. This paper focuses on political claims for regional languages since World War II. Firstly, it presents an analytical model in terms of linguistic market. Secondly, through the cases of Corsican, Breton and Oïl languages, it aims to demonstrate that ethnolinguistic mobilisations go through three different political paths : the first one consists in putting into practice ethnolinguistic claims through the republican institutions ; the second one favours the use of regional languages apart from the state institutions ; the third one encompasses the case studies of no-mobilisation. It is argued that such differences are due to the variation of political opportunity structure according to the regions, and to the capability of ethnolinguistic entrepreneurs for establishing territorial networks with the main regional political actors.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Language other than English: French
Publisher: Presses de Sciences Po
ISSN: 0035-2950
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2020 01:54

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