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Forms and Norms: Theorizing Immigration-Influenced Name Changes in Canada

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dc.contributor.author Dechief, Diane
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-15T16:34:11Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-15T16:34:11Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress of Onomastic Sciences en
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-55014-521-2
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10315/3645
dc.description.abstract Canadian immigration and settlement practices have been altering individuals’ names since the mid-1800s. From the common explanations of immigration officials engaging in novel orthography as they completed forms, to families altering their names to make them easier for their neighbours to pronounce, a range of dominant cultural influences were at work. Today, these forces continue; they are evident in such technobureaucratic minutiae as maximum character lengths for permanent residents’ names, and in the decadelong policy encouraging people with the religiously-significant Sikh names ‘Kaur’ and ‘Singh’ to remove these names before applying to immigrate (CBC, July 2007). They are also heard in day-to-day introductions as some newcomers choose to use common English or French names to present themselves, and to potentially make themselves more employable (Ng et al., 2007). With these and other scenarios in mind I ask, in what ways and through what means do minority culture members and migrants to Canada change their names? What roles do legislation, policy and state regulated data collection procedures have in these shifts? How are names altered through less official interactions? What implications do these name changes have for Canada as a nation-state? What are the outcomes in terms of nationalism or cultural pluralism? en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher York University en
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dc.subject Personal Names in Canada en
dc.subject Name Changes of Immigrants to Canada en
dc.title Forms and Norms: Theorizing Immigration-Influenced Name Changes in Canada en
dc.title.alternative Session Paper en
dc.type Article en

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