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Paths to Post-Nationalism: A Critical Ethnography of Language and Identity

Monica Heller


Nationalism has informed all our ideas about language, culture, identity, nation, and state. Those ideas are being profoundly challenged by globalization, neoliberal responses to it, and the emergent new economy. Language, culture, and identity are commodified; communication takes on a central role as work process and work product in the new economy; multilingualism becomes a salient element of managing the mobility of people, ideas, and goods, and, indeed, of their very value. Through a fine-grained ethnographic analysis of key sites of production of discourse constructing the idea of “franco ... More

Keywords: nationalism, ethnography, multilingualism, language, identity, Canada, French, sociolinguistics, globalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199746866
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746866.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Monica Heller, author
University of Toronto