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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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Sociolinguistics as Social Practice

Sociolinguistics as Social Practice

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(p.3) 1 Sociolinguistics as Social Practice
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Paths to Post-Nationalism
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Monica Heller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746866.003.0001

This chapter provides a critical overview of how ideologies of languages as whole, bounded systems are tied to the development of the nation-state, and how this discursive formation is challenged by the globalized new economy. It argues for a critical ethnographic sociolinguistics as a means for understanding this shift and presents francophone Canada as an illuminating case for such work.

Keywords:   critique, sociolinguistics, ethnography, Canada, globalization, nation, state

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