Impossible Canadians: Discourse, Subjectivity, and Sovereignty as National Identity

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2013-09-18

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Chartrand, Tyler

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This thesis analyses the power relations operating within the field of Canadian national identity, the permissible subject positions within it, and the political claims enabled by such positions. It contributes to a field of interdisciplinary study on these questions by arguing that national identity in Canada is a problem animated by the logic of the sovereign form of authority. An analysis of state-authorized discourse demonstrates the power relations between the Normative Canadian and National Other subject positions, which reduce Indigenous peoples, the Québécois, and ethnoculturalized individuals into intelligible subjects of recognition and sovereign decisions. An account of those limits and conditions of possibility of Canadian national identity susceptible to modification and transgression is offered to conclude.

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Canadian national identity, Sovereignty, Canadian studies, Discourse analysis

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