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Nationhood at Work, An Ethnography of Workplaces in Montreal and Brussels, Dave Poitras

How do nations continue to be made on a daily basis? In this important contribution to nationalism studies, Dave Poitras explores how nationhood and the idea of living in a world of nations are experienced in the cities of Montreal and Brussels. Drawing on ethnographic research, he identifies three typical ways of enacting nationhood in workplaces, thereby capturing the various dynamics through which non-political actors "do nationhood". In particular, Dave Poitras examines the distinct mechanisms whereby nations are made and demonstrates how individuals' everyday activities legitimize Montreal's and Brussels's unique social constellation within their respective federal state
Table Of Contents
Frontmatter 1 Content 5 Preface 9 Chapter 1. Building Nations as a Profession: The Work Task Dynamic Operating upon Nationhood 37 Chapter 2. Elaborating National Constructs as Strategies: The Work Task Dynamic Operating with Nationhood 81 Chapter 3. The Power of States and Routines: The Work Task Dynamic Operated by Nationhood 125 Chapter 4. Doing Nationhood and Making Nations: The Everyday Significance of Living in a World of Nations 169 Chapter 5. Lived Nationhood in Montreal and Brussels: A Model Particular to Bi-Ethnonational Milieus 199 Conclusion 215 Bibliography 221
Literary Form
non fiction
1st ed.
Physical Description
1 online resource (234 p.)
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