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Basque Nationhood

Towards a Democratic Scenario

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Edited By Pedro Ibarra Güell and Åshild Kolås

Debates about Basque self-determination were curtailed for decades by political violence, involving both the actions of ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna) and the counter-terrorism activities of Spain and France. In 2011, ETA announced a permanent cessation of operations. Since then, stakeholders have become increasingly aware of the need to rethink Basque nationhood and democratic representation in light of the changing nature of nationhood and citizenship within the European Union. These issues are also topical in the French Basque country, which has witnessed a re-emergence of Basque identity politics in recent years.
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.
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IGOR AHEDO holds a PhD in Political Science and is an associate professor and director of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). He was formerly the director of the master’s program on Citizen Participation at the same university. His research focuses on processes of change and political conflict at the local, national and international levels, with a particular emphasis on identity change. In 2006, he was awarded with the Premio Realidad Social del País Vasco (Social Reality of the Basque Country Prize). His work on the French Basque country has been published in English, French and German.

MILA AMURRIO has a PhD in Sociology and Political Science from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). She teaches in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at UPV/EHU, in the university’s master’s programs in Feminism and Gender Studies, Basque Nationalism in the Twenty-First Century, and Technology, Learning and Education. She has co-authored three books, and numerous articles on the role of women in nation building, the Basque ethno-linguistic movement and Basque intellectuals. She is member of Parte Hartuz research group on participatory democracy, based at the University of the Basque Country. Together with Ane Larrinaga Renteria, she is currently engaged in a research project that explores the discourses of Basque-speaking intellectuals on the new pro-sovereignty strategies developed by Basque nationalists.

MATEO BALLESTER holds degrees in the History of Ideas and Political Science from the University of...

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