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MTL 375 – 2/2

Montreal is always a source of inspiration for scholars and you can find a great selection of articles about the city on Érudit. Since we are celebrating its 375th anniversary this year, we decided to dig through our archives to give you a list of articles on the city, from its diverse neighbourhoods to its traditional meals.

This is the second part of our selection. We will continue to post articles on our social media until the end of the summer. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to discover the next ones!

The Iconography of the Habitat 67 Site: the Said, the Unsaid, the Contradiction and the Discredit


Having quickly appeared in the histories and encyclopedias of architecture after having been intensely mediatized until its completion, Habitat 67 is an ideal object to study the relationship between news coverage, architectural critique and historiography in the information era. The author wishes to demonstrate that the iconography of the Habitat 67 site, as it appeared in the specialized press, constitutes a media materialization of the system-city which had imposed itself internationally in the pages devoted to research of major architecture magazines.

By Hubert Beringer
Globe, Volume 5, Number 1, 2002, p. 35–52
Le dit et le non-dit de Montréal

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« Vive la vélorution ! » : Le Monde à bicyclette et les origines du mouvement cycliste à Montréal, 1975-1980

Cycling. Rules for Cyclists, Conrad Poirier, 1942, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec / Grande Bibliothèque​,
Cycling. Rules for Cyclists, Conrad Poirier, 1942, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec / Grande Bibliothèque​,

By Daniel Ross
Bulletin d’histoire politique, Volume 23, Numéro 2, Hiver, 2015, p. 92–112
Le militantisme environnemental au Québec

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Les vacances

Piscines de l’île Saint-Hélène, 10 juillet 1965, VM94-Ud-27-020, Archives de la ville de Montréal,

By Hélène Rioux
XYZ. La revue de la nouvelle, Number 28, 1991, p. 56
Nouvelles d’une page

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« Ousqu’on chill à soir? » Pratiques multilingues comme stratégies identitaires dans la communauté hip-hop montréalaise

Archives of the CIDIHCA Montréal

In this brief sociolinguistic portrait of hip-hop culture in Montreal, Quebec, Mela Sarkar and her research team at McGill University contrast the idea of “Québéquicité” (being white and speaking French with the appropriate local accent) with the multilingual practices that characterize the Montreal hip-hop community. We assert that hip-hop-identified youth in Quebec are inventing a new, mixed and hybrid language, born of the amalgam of languages and cultures from many origins that immigration and language policies have brought into French schools in urban Quebec. The claim is made that multilingual practices created by young Quebec rappers, schooled in French in multiethnic Montreal, have become identity creation strategies for a whole generation.

By Mela Sarkar
Diversité urbaine, Fall, 2008, p. 27–44
Plurilinguisme et identités au Canada

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From Joe Beef’s tavern to Edgar’s Hypertavern. The tavern as a popular expression of Montreal’s industrial transformation

1879. Joe Beef of Montreal, the Son of the People. Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University Library. Cote elf FC2947.35 J64 1879.

The taverns of Montreal have traditionally constituted a social and cultural space for activism and protest on the part of the working class against certain aspects of their condition in relation to industrialization. This culture of resistance diminished with the acceleration of industrial development and the integration of the labor movement into the structures and practices of contemporary capitalism. Exploring the practices and popular culture of the Montreal tavern amidst its transformations and constant cyclical articulations, we aim to grasp its simultaneously paradoxical and subversive potential. With this in mind, we analyze tavern culture through the lens of the following dimensions: as a political agora and place where practices of resistance emerge; as a homosocial space; and as a residual space in the post-fordist concept of the city. On the whole, this article develops the argument that tavern culture, as an articulation of the development and transformation of industrial Montreal, accentuates the ambiguous character of popular sites — at once amenable to dominant logics and to diverse logics of resistance.

By Anouk Bélanger and Lisa Sumner
Globe, Volume 9, Number 2, 2006, p. 27–48
Pratiques culturelles et classes populaires

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