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Spanjorer är vi allihopa?: En kvalitativ studie av hur spanska och katalanska tidningar identifierar Kataloniens självständighetsprocess.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Catalan movement of Independence is a well debated subject in Spanish news for the last decade. This thesis aims to examine what kind of identityarguments that spanish versus catalan newspapers make about the independence movement, in relation to nationalism and national identity. This is to deeper the understanding about the current complex situation in the Iberian Peninsula. The research shows that identityarguments about the independence movement presented by catalonian newspapers clearly put focus on identifying the ethnic and cultural reasons for the growing nationalism in the region, as well as discussing the political possibilities and obstacles of a sovereign Catalonia. In comparison, the identityarguments presented by spanish newspapers has another view of the situation, where the political aspect of the nationalistic catalan movement, identify the process as defying the Spanish Constitution and challenging the traditional historic unity of Spain. Within the debate there is a red line pointing out the importance of achieving and maintaining ones own right to express the meaning of the ’nation’ and the ’national identity’. Spain conquer the political and juridical battles of national values, whereas Catalonia  has power in its collective cultural values, which through the politic arena enhances its symbolic power for Catalonia. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 39 p.
Keyword [en]
Catalonia, Spain, independence, nationalism, national identity, nation, associations-movement, secessionism-movement
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-39282OAI: diva2:782395
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
International Administration Programme with foreign language, 180 credits
Available from: 2015-01-22 Created: 2015-01-21 Last updated: 2015-01-22Bibliographically approved

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