From Identity to Commodity

Monica Heller

in Paths to Post-Nationalism

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199746866
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827091 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

From Identity to Commodity

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A series of ethnographies of French-language minority schools in Ontario, a largely anglophone province, shows how French Canadians cut adrift by Québécois nationalism sought nonetheless to emulate the Quebec model by fighting for institutions, especially schools, as quasi-territorial homogeneous ethnonational spaces. This ideology comes into conflict with the multilingualism of the experience of participants in the school space and with the growing importance of French-English bilingualism in the labor market, that is, its emergence as a valued commodity.

Keywords: education; Ontario; linguistic minorities; bilingualism; commodity

Chapter.  9716 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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