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Sustaining the Nation: The Making and Moving of Language and Nation

Monica Heller, Lindsay A. Bell, Michelle Daveluy, Mireille McLaughlin, and Hubert Noël


This book is an ethnography of labor mobility and its challenges to the idea of the nation. Using the example of francophone Canada, it examines how social difference (race, ethnicity, language, gender) has been used to sort out who must (or can) be mobile and who must (or can) remain in place in the organization of global circulation of human and natural resources. It argues that “francophone Canada” can best be understood as an ethnoclass category that has embedded francophones into specific forms of labor mobility since the beginnings of European colonization, even as their social differenc ... More

Keywords: mobilities, nationalism, bilingualism, Canada, linguistic anthropology, ethnography, labor, francophone

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199947195
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199947195.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Monica Heller, author
Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto

Lindsay A. Bell, author
Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, SUNY, Oswego

Michelle Daveluy, author
Professor of Anthropology, Universite Laval