|By Jacqueline Urla
This article examines the public uses of language surveys and census data
by militant and moderate Basque nationalist language organizations during
the first few years of Basque political autonomy. As part of a modern
regime of truth that equates knowledge with measurement, statistics
occupy a privileged position of authority that gives them heightened
rhetorical power in a context of competing political ideologies.
Analysis focuses on how specific ways of categorizing and displaying
data on Basque speakers create an image of the Basque nation "at risk"
and, at the same time, introduce new ways of envisioning the language
community, the Basque speaker, and his or her duties to the nation. I
conclude by discussing the implications that minority uses of statistics
may have for theorizing resistance and the social construction of