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Race and Ethnicity in the Construction of the Nation in Spain: The Case of the Maragatos

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Alonso González, Pablo
Journal: Racial and Ethnic Studies
Date: 2015
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10006
Sector: History
Social Organization
Region: Europe
Subject(s): race
Abstract: "Nationalism and its counterpart, modernism, are projects that involve the attempt to homogenize and incorporate the masses through the creation of a majority identity that usually leads to the classification of certain deviant groups as ‘others’. In Spain, civic and ethnic nationalisms driven by the state have historically drawn on cultural and biological notions of ethnicity and race to construct a representation of the Maragatos as ‘cursed peoples’, while at the same time homogenizing and incorporating them into the nation in practice. By tracing a genealogy of the origins and evolution of the representations of Maragato otherness created during the Enlightenment era, the Franco dictatorship and the current super-modern period, this paper argues that representations of otherness significantly influence current research agendas and understandings of identity well beyond the disappearance of the actual subjects described as others."

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