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Title: The role of the Nicaraguan 'other' in the formation of national identities in Costa Rica.
Author: Sandoval-Garcia, Carlos.
ISNI:       0000 0000 7989 107X
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2000
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This project explores the formation of the Nicaraguan "other" and the constitution of national identities in Costa Rica as mutually affected processes. Nations are conceptualised not so much as "communities" but as formations of difference and inequality. In this sense, the overall aim of this project is to explore the extent to which the exclusion of undesired "others" is a powerful way of constructing commonalities. Representations of belonging and difference are explored in public discourses, but it is also considered how such public discourses are translated into everyday life, which involves more private sites and practices where past and present issues are lived and contested. Accordingly, this research tries to identify different spatial and temporal sites in which processes of belonging and difference take place. It attempts to overcome the boundary between textual perspectives, which primarily focus on extended narratives and ethnographic approaches, which highlight lived experience. The key sites of analysis are narratives of nationhood such as historical interpretations and novels, media representations and everyday life. Whilst this project attempts to take account of the peculiarities of each of these sites and cultural forms, it also endeavours to show some of the multiple links and articulations between and within them. ~t is my hope that this project may contribute to the public debate about national identities In Costa Rica, frequently associated with a sense of "uniqueness". The diffusion of the results may also support the work that grass-roots organisations are carrying out and empower members of the Nicaraguan community in Costa Rica, for whom exclusion is for most of the time a painful experience.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Sociology