Audrey Gagnon

Concordia University

Department of Political Science
Program: PhD
Supervisor: Antoine Bilodeau
Start: 2016
End: 2020

Title: Pathways to strong anti-immigration views and activism in Quebec

In the past two decades, anti-immigration rhetoric and anti-immigrant sentiments have become more prominent in Western democracies. Quebec is no exception to these dynamics. Anti-immigration groups such as PEGIDA Quebec, the Soldiers of Odin, The Northern Guard, Atalante, La Meute and Storm Alliance have recently emerged, and their actions have gained visibility. In a context of increased presence of active anti-immigration groups, how can we explain individuals’ adoption of strong anti-immigration views, and their subsequent implication in groups inspired by such views? This research attempts to answer this question by conducting interviews with members of anti-immigration groups in Quebec. The conduct of interviews will allow to, not only describe, but contextualize and explain individuals’ path to anti-immigration views.

Previous Awards
The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC)(2017-2020); J.W. McConnell Memorial Graduate Fellowship (2016-2019); Faculty of Arts and Science Graduate Fellowship in Ethnic Studies and Social Diversity (2016-2018); Brigitte-Schroeder Prize - Prize for the best master’s thesis in political science at the Université de Montréal (2017); Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship – Prize for the best communication (2016)