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Perverse Identities

Identities in Conflict

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Edited By Flocel Sabate

The urgent need for the study of exclusive identities in conflict is ever more apparent in a globalizing world in which societies are becoming multicultural and complex and in which inter-cultural contact and the co-existence of languages and cultures comes increasingly to bear on the construction of plural identities. The present book considers perversion in the construction of identity and the perverse usage of identity in areas such as social cohesion – xenophobia, racism, ostracism, rejection, ageism, marginalisation – and the mismanagement of linguistic identity, language groups and associated discriminatory practise arising out of historical and culturally based discrimination. The texts were submitted in an international meeting held in the Institute for Identities and Societies of the University on Lleida (Catalonia, Spain) in November 2012.
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Front Pages of the Spanish and Catalan Press on the Demonstration of September 11th, 2012: Illustrating a National Identity or a Nationalist Farce?

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Mariona VISA

Universitat de Lleida

Introduction

The demonstration “Catalonia, new state of Europe” organized by the National Assembly of Catalonia on the Catalan National Day of 2012 brought together a huge number of Catalans. As it often happens in large demonstrations, it is difficult to know the precise number of demonstrators. Figures vary considerably according to the source that provides the data, being one and a half million according to the Catalan police and 600,000 according to the government delegation. What is clear is that it was one of the largest ones that have taken place in our country. The other really large demonstrations in recent Catalan history were the demonstration for the Statute of 1977 (1.2 million) and the demonstration “We are a nation. We decide” in 2010 (1.1 million according to the police).

The perception that the treatment Catalonia receives from the central government in Madrid is unjust caused masses to take to the streets. The tax grievance has greatly increased the number of separatists in Catalonia.

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