Towards a Democratic Scenario
Edited By Pedro Ibarra Güell and Åshild Kolås
This book describes the contemporary re-imagining of Basque nationhood in both Spain and France. Taking a fresh look at the history of Basque nationalist movements, it explores the new debates that have emerged since the demise of non-state militancy. Alongside analysis of local transformations, it also describes the impact of global changes on ideas about Basque self-determination.
Henar Criado – 2 Legacies of the Past and Basque Identity after the Democratic Transition
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2Legacies of the Past and Basque Identity after the Democratic Transition
Since the democratic period of the Second Republic in Spain (1931–1936), Basque political identities have been transmitted across generations throughout four decades of the Francoist dictatorship, continuing in the new democratic period that began in the 1970s. This chapter analyses, firstly, to what extent these identities have survived, and secondly, which factors – such as immigration and economic modernization – can explain variations in the survival of these identities when we compare across a sample of different Basque communities, as measured by their voting behaviour over time.
This chapter applies the Basque case to analyse two lines of research in the social sciences, one addressing the historical origins of ethnic identity and the other, the transmission of beliefs and notions of identity across generations. The empirical analysis looks at variations in voting behaviour across villages in the Basque country, comparing votes for nationalist and non-nationalist parties. This is used as a proxy for mobilized identities. The study investigates correlations between identification with Basque nationhood in the 1930s, the 1970s and at present. To avoid endogeneity issues, the quantitative model controls for relevant variables both in the 1930s and 1970s.
Theory and main argument
Throughout the twentieth century the Basque Country experienced a conflict of sovereignty between the Spanish state and social groups that sought autonomy or independence from it. The way in which different ← 63 | 64...
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