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'I'm from Barcelona': Boundaries and Transformations Between Catalan and Spanish Identities
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the last decade or so, the multiple political factions in Catalonia have adopted pro-independence initiatives in their platforms following the 2008 financial crisis. Catalonia’s position as representing a minority culture in the face of the centralized administration of Madrid presents a contentious history of fighting for the right ‘to be’, culminating in what today is viewed by many as an identity crisis.             

Drawing on fieldwork conducted in Barcelona, this thesis examines how informants construct and transform their socio-cultural identities in the framework of the independence movement in Catalonia. It places informants’ experiences in the theoretical realm of ethnic boundaries, analyzing central issues of Catalan language normalization vis à vis the historical imposition of Spanish as the national language. These themes are broadened in light of the recent upsurge of Catalan secession, and explores identity politics within the background of Spanish and Catalan nationalisms.

Abstract [es]

En la última década, las múltiples facciones políticas de Cataluña han adoptado iniciativas de independencia en sus plataformas tras la crisis financiera de 2008. La posición de Cataluña como representante de una cultura minoritaria frente a la administración centralizada de Madrid presenta una historia contenciosa de lucha por el derecho 'a ser', culminando en lo que hoy muchos ven como una crisis de identidad.

Basándose en el trabajo de campo llevado a cabo en Barcelona, ​​esta tesis examina cómo los informantes construyen y transforman sus identidades socioculturales en el marco del movimiento de independencia en Cataluña. Coloca las experiencias de los informantes en el ámbito teórico de las fronteras étnicas, analizando cuestiones centrales de la normalización de la lengua catalana frente a la imposición histórica del español como lengua nacional. Estos temas se amplían a la luz del reciente recrudecimiento de la secesión catalana y exploran la política de identidad en el contexto de los nacionalismos españoles y catalanes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 91
Series
Masteruppsatser i kulturantropologi, ISSN 1653-2244 ; 71
Keyword [en]
identity, Catalonia, Spain, ethnic boundaries, minority language, nationalism
Keyword [ca]
identitat, Catalunya, Espanya, fronteres ètniques, llengua minoritària, nacionalisme
Keyword [fr]
identité, Catalogne, Espagne, frontières ethniques, langue minoritaire, nationalisme
Keyword [sv]
identitet, Katalonien, Spanien, etniska gränser, minoritetsspråk, nationalism
Keyword [es]
identidad, Cataluña, España, fronteras étnicas, lengua minoritaria, nacionalismo
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-325011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-325011DiVA, id: diva2:1112709
Subject / course
Cultural Anthropology
Educational program
Master Programme in the Humanities - Cultural Anthropology
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Available from: 2017-06-20 Created: 2017-06-20 Last updated: 2017-06-20Bibliographically approved

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