PhD Candidate Jean-François Nault on French Ontario and Catholicism in the Schooling Context

Ph.D. Candidate Jean-François Nault has published an article in Études d’histoire religieuse, entitled “Le choix de l’école catholique de langue française en Ontario : mutations du rapport identitaire des Franco-Ontariens au catholicisme.” The article examines the cultural and identity ties Franco-Ontarians have with Catholicism in the schooling context.

Jean-François Nault is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Toronto. He has sucessfully defended his dissertation, entitled Culture and Private School Choice: Uncovering the Cultural Dimensions of School Choice as Action.

We have posted the citation and the abstract of the article below. The full text is available here.

Nault, J. (2015). Le choix de l’école catholique de langue française en Ontario : mutations du rapport identitaire des Franco-Ontariens au catholicisme. Études d’histoire religieuse, 81(1-2), 81–102.

This paper presents the results of a case study on French language Catholic school choice in Orleans, Ontario. Starting with the results of a series of semi-structured interviews conducted with parents who chose a French language Catholic school for their children, a typology of French language Catholic school choice is presented in order to contribute to the understanding of the cultural and identity ties Franco-Ontarian parents maintain with Catholicism. Following a brief historical overview of the relationship between identity and Catholicism in French Ontario, as well as an outline of the Franco-Ontarian schooling context and of school choice in a cultural perspective, the relationship Franco-Ontarians now hold with Catholicism as a cultural religion will be examined through the question of school choice.