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“Words apart”: Performing linguistic and cultural identities in Chéticamp, Nova Scotia


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Globalizing processes of late capitalism shape local cultures in complex and contradictory ways, exacerbating assimilation and alienation in geographically and culturally marginalized communities and, paradoxically, empowering disenfranchised groups by facilitating communication between diasporic populations and providing access to information, images, and commodities. This dissertation explores the ways in which linguistic difference, geographic isolation, and cultural marginalization have contributed to collective consciousness and feelings of distinctiveness in Chéticamp, an Acadian community in rural Nova Scotia, Canada. I examine forms of cultural work—such as genealogical research, community museums, and cooperative associations—as cultural performances in which community members envision and enact their Acadian identities. Performed identities are inauthentic in the sense that they are actively negotiated and subject to ongoing adaptation and transformation; yet they are also authentic in the sense that they are deeply felt and central to understandings of our experiences, our relationships, and our place in the world. Examining Acadian ethnic and linguistic identities through a performance lens thus illuminates possibilities for cultural survival in contexts of uncertainty and change.

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Subject
Canadian studies;
Minority & ethnic groups;
Sociology;
Linguistics;
Cultural identity
Classification
0385: Canadian studies
0631: Minority & ethnic groups
0631: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Acadian, Cheticamp, Cultural identity, Linguistic identity, Nova Scotia
Title
“Words apart”: Performing linguistic and cultural identities in Chéticamp, Nova Scotia
Author
MacLeod, Erna
Number of pages
337
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 69/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549663782
Advisor
Henderson, Lisa
Committee member
Chang, Briankle; Ciecko, Anne; Knoper, Randall
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Communication
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3315500
ProQuest document ID
230656991
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/230656991
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