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By Nicole Neatby

Studies of younger activists have tended to target the interval of the Nineteen Sixties. Neatby exhibits us that the early life of the sixties weren't the single ones to differentiate themselves by means of their social activism and idealism - scholars of the Duplessis period have been both conscientious and idealistic approximately short of reform and felt a robust experience of social accountability in the direction of the realm at huge. at the Quebec scene they freely criticized non secular experts and more and more observed themselves as brokers of reform in academic concerns. Their activism led them to take strike motion and to prepare a sit-in. Neatby exhibits that scholars, like such a lot of different social teams within the Quebec of the Nineteen Fifties, have been faraway from quiescent throughout the so-called "Grande noirceur." The attitudes of those activists offer a history for realizing pupil calls for this present day, equivalent to academic reform, loose entry to universities, and the abolition of pupil fees.

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Bien que cette derniere consdtue une des diverses societes de 1'association, son mode de representation en fait presque une association parallele, inspiree largement du modele de I'AGEUM. Elle est constitute d'un comite execudf et d'un regroupement de deleguees provenant de chaque faculte ou il y a une presence feminine. Celles-ci representent aussi la Societe feminine dans les comites de regie de ces memes facultes. Ajoutons a cela les represeiitantes envoyees aux diverses societes de 1'AGEUM 3 '.

C'est Hubert Aquin qui occupera le poste a sa place. Entrevue avec Adele Lauzon, Montreal, 28 avr. 1990. 36 Carabins ou activistes? Le Quartier Latin n'est pas pour autant un medium d'information masculin; tout comme a TAGEUM, on y decouvre une presence feminine. Notons premierement que la Societe feminine envoie une representante au Quartier Latin. Celle-ci semble jouer le role de redactrice feminine, du moins de 1949 a 1952. II faut attendre les annees 1956-1957 et 1957-1958 avant de voir apparaitre le litre officiel de «redactrice feminine» dans la liste des membres de 1'executif du Quartier Latin.

II n'empeche que Ton decouvre quelques exceptions. Les plus remarquables de cette categoric sont Adele Lauzon en 1949-1950 et Juliette Barcelo en 1952-1954. Toutes deux redigent des articles analytiques traitant de sujets d'interet general et souvent controverses. Le discours officiel des leaders etudiants a propos des objectifs et du fonctionnement de I'AGEUM et du Quarlier Latin au cours de cette periode revele done la composante carabin de leur identite. A plusieurs niveaux, cette composante correspond au portrait d'un jeune aux interets a domiiiante folklorique pointe sur les divertissements et les relations sociales tels qu'ils ont ete definis dans les travaux de recherche anterieurs.

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