Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Criminology and Penology.


Sears, Alan,




This thesis examines the social conditions responsible for the lack of sustained insurgent terrorism in Quebec. Through the use of social movement and collective action theory, the relationship between FLQ terrorism and other forms of protest is investigated and compared with the growth of labour and separatist organizations. The years 1963 to 1976 are examined in an attempt to explain how terrorist activity changed over these years as the organization of the separatist movement changed. It was found that as the separatist movement grew and evolved into large and complex organizations, FLQ terrorism was replaced with conventional mass-based protest and other forms of collective action. The FLQ and future would-be FLQ cells became absorbed by the PQ and other more organized mass-based groups using more efficient methods of protest. Connections between separatist organizations and labour organizations were forged in attempts to provide another outlet of expression for this separatist sentiment.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1996 .L96. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0138. Adviser: Alan Sears. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.