Maurice Pinard

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Emeritus Professor

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 712
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-398-6848
Fax: 514-398-7476
E-Mail: maurice.pinard [at] (Maurice Pinard)

Research Areas

Social Movements/Contentious Collective Action; Motivational Perspectives in Contentious Politics; Comparative Ethnopolitical Movements; Quebec Independence Movement; Electoral Politics


Biographical Notes

Professor Emeritus. PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1967; MA (Law), Université de Montréal,1955; LL.L, Université de Montréal,1954; BA, Université de Montréal, 1951. Ajoined the Department of Sociology at McGill in 1963. Taught in sociology at Université de Montréal in 1959-60. Associated with The Social Research Group in Montreal from 1957 to 1965. Fellow of the Royal Socirty of Canada. Currently his academic interests focus mainly on motivational problems in various forms of contentious collective action and on comparative ethnic politics, and the emergence and development of the Quebec independence movement, from its inception around 1960 to the present.


Selected Publications


Maurice Pinard. 2020. Nationalist Movements Explained: Comparisons from Canada, Belgium, Spain, and Switzerland. Milton Park (UK): Routledge.

Maurice Pinard. 2011. Motivational Dimensions in Social Movements and Contentious Collective Action. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Maurice Pinard, Robert Bernier and Vincent Lemieux. 1997. Un combat inachevé. Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec.

Maurice Pinard. 1971, 1975. The Rise of a Third Party: A Study in Crisis Politics. 1st ed. 1971, Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall Inc. Enl. ed. 1975, Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.


Maurice Pinard and Pat Rafail. 2007. “L’énigme des succès de la droite à Québec.” Dans Nelson Michaud, dir., Droite et démocratie au Québec. Enjeux et paradoxes. Québec: Les Presses de l’Université Laval, pp. 121-38.

Matthew Mendelsohn, Andrew Parkin, and Maurice Pinard. 2007. “A New Chapter or the Same Old Story? Public Opinion in Quebec from 1996-2003.” In Michael Murphy, ed., Quebec and Canada in the New Century: New Dynamics, New Opportunities. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, pp. 25-52.

Maurice Pinard. 2005. “Political Ambivalence towards the Parti Québécois and its Electoral Consequences, 1970-2003.” The Canadian Journal of Sociology 30: 281-314.

Maurice Pinard. 2003. “Ambivilance politique et comportement électoral au Québec en 1998.” Dans Jean Crête, dir., La science politique au Québec: le dernier des maîtres fondateurs. Québec: Les Presses de l’Université Laval, pp. 271-308.

Maurice Pinard. 2002. “The Quebec Independence Movement: From its Emergence to the 1995 Referendum.” In Douglas Baer, ed., Political Sociology: Canadian Perspectives. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press, pp. 238-68.

Maurice Pinard. 2000. “Ambivalence et référendums au Québec, 1980, 1992 et 1995." Dans Jack Jedwab, dir., À la prochaine? Une retrospective des référendums québécois de 1980 et 1995. Montréal: Les Éditions Saint-Martin, pp. 119-26.

Pinard, Maurice and Richard Hamilton. 2000. “The Class Bases of the Quebec Independence Movement.” Reprinted in John Hutchinson and Anthony Smith, eds., Nationalism: Critical Concepts. Routledge. (Reprinted from Ethnic and Racial Studies, 1984. 19-54.)

Sarah Bélanger and Maurice Pinard. 1997. "Ethnic Movements and the Competition Model: Some Missing Links." Reprinted in Doug McAdam and David A. Snow, eds., Social Movements: Readings on Their Emergence, Mobilization, and Dynamics. Los Angeles: Roxbury. 13-22. (Reprinted from American Sociological Review, 56: 446-57.)

Pinard, Maurice and Richard Hamilton. 1989. “Intellectuals and the Leadership of Social Movements: Some Comparative Perspectives.” In L. Kriesberg, ed., Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change. JAI Press. 73-107.

Pinard, Maurice and Richard Hamilton, 1986. “Motivational Dimensions in the Quebec Independence Movement: A Test of a New Model”, in K. Lang and G. E. Lang, eds., Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change. JAI Press. 225-80.

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