PhD student at Complutense of Madrid University and Instituto José Ortega y Gasset on the use of language in the Basque politics. FPU researcher of the Spanish Ministry of Education (from 2008) and visiting researcher at Georgetown University (2009).
Building identities by language: the “who we are” at the Basque case (1996-2004)
The collective, the we, ourselves in front of the others. Our identity. The draw of the collective we belong to and the features which define it are built day by day by language. It’s the self representation of each political movement, built by some basic pillars, categories, which vary through time, according to the external politics events. To measure the incidence of these pillars by quantifying their permanence and evolution, in a qualitative and quantitative way, and to observe the change in their signification in the context they are being used, is the object of this paper, which will focus on the way it affects to the construction of the who we are of the three main Basque political movements: moderate nationalism, non-nationalism and radical nationalism; and its evolution through the years 1996-2004.
Content analysis, political communication, nationalism, Basque politics, collective identities, liberalism vs. comunitarism.