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Paths to Post-NationalismA Critical Ethnography of Language and Identity$
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Monica Heller

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746866

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746866.001.0001

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Paths to Post-Nationalism

Paths to Post-Nationalism

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Paths to Post-Nationalism

Monica Heller

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a closer look at how social actors meet the challenges of reimaging individual and collective identity at the limits of what nationalism can do. It shows a variety of discursive and interactional strategies, ranging from ironic distancing to meta-commentary to layered multiplicity, ambiguity, and complexity that social actors use to argue for and engage in reimagining francophone Canada. The post-national imaginary emerges as a diffuse idea, still lacking form and content, but nonetheless real. Ethnographically, discursive spaces, resources, and trajectories provide tools for describing and explaining a discursive shift.

Keywords:   individual identity, collective identity, discursive shift, ethnography

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