Paths to Post-Nationalism

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

Paths to Post-Nationalism

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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

Chapter.  7733 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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