Regina Martínez Idarreta


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.

Key words:

Content analysis, political communication, nationalism, Basque politics, collective identities, liberalism vs. comunitarism.

About atlanticempires

ATLANTIC EMPIRES (Æ) is the short name of a group of advanced research in Modern History hosted and financed by Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University (RCC). The complete name of the group is From Empire to Nation: The Making of Modern Nations in the Crisis of the Atlantic Empires (17th-20th Centuries), which constitutes also the field of its research. The group will be working at Real Colegio Complutense from July 1 thru August 31, 2010. Throughout this period, Æ will develop its research project and present its first findings and results in a set of seminars and panels, some of them with the contribution of other specialists and groups of research. Also, Æ will host three extraordinary conferences at RCC, given by Prof. J. Varela Ortega (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Fundación Ortega y Gasset, Madrid), Prof. David Armitage (Harvard University), and Prof. Stanley Payne (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Æ benefits from the financial support of Banco Santander. Æ is composed by eleven researchers: Juan Francisco Fuentes (director), Eva Botella (coordinator), Octavio Ruiz-Manjón, Josep Maria Fradera, Javier Fernández Sebastián, José Antonio Sánchez Román, María Antonia Fernández, Margarita Márquez, Antonio Terrasa, Florentino Rodao and Regina Martínez (grant holder and responsible of the blog).
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