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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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From Identity to Commodity

From Identity to Commodity

Schooling, Social Selection, and Social Reproduction (Toronto, 1983–1996)

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(p.94) 5 From Identity to Commodity
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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/9780199746866.003.0005

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

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