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Title: "Basques are born wherever they want" : a qualitative study of intra-state immigrants in Basque nationalist movements
Author: Hutcheon, Nicholas R.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5355 5499
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis discusses the attitudes, opinions and life experiences of first and second generation intra-state immigrants who live in the four Basque provinces of the Spanish state and are convinced and committed Basque nationalists. This is a qualitative, actor-oriented study based on data collected through 55 in-depth interviews, which were conducted in the Basque Country between September 2012 and September 2013. In the interviews the participants responded in detail to questions relating to their personal background, life experiences, national identity, political principles and political activism. The information the research participants gave in those interviews is used to analyse the extent to which their experiences tally with the characterisation of Basque nationalism as ethnic in the exclusive sense and to determine how and why many first and second generation immigrants in the Basque Country identify with Basque nationalism and actively support its political aims. The testimonies of the research participants challenge many of the assumptions that are often made on their behalf and, in addition, offer new perspectives of Basque nationalism and provide fresh insight into the specific phenomenon under investigation, which, although it is widely discussed, is rarely approached from the point of view of the individuals in question. In its conclusions this thesis brings into question the tendency to cite Basque nationalism as an exemplary case of ethnic nationalism in the exclusive sense and brings to the fore the role that positive and negative evaluations of the motives for and outcomes of migration play in the willingness of first and second generation intra-state immigrants in the Basque Country to identity with and support the cause of Basque nationalism.
Supervisor: Smith, Angel ; Alonso, Gregorio Sponsor: AHRC
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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