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Title: Sites of Spanishness : a study of contemporary Spanish national identity through social rituals
Author: Wydell, Clare Joanne
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2010
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Spanish identity is an ongoing process of construction and negotiation. This thesis explores that dynamic construct through a close study of the way in which performative social rituals form sites of identity shaping. Looking at identity through the theoretical concept of Pierre Bourdieu's habitus, I argue that full understanding of identity as an influenced and influencing process can be developed through a close reading of performative social rituals. Those rituals are analysed for the links they establish with the Spanishness that exists outside, in cultural, social and historical contexts. It is these relationships between the texts of the rituals and the identity that exists beyond them that enable those rituals to become routes for identity shaping, as they build upon the recognised structures of Spanish identity habitus. As they are performed, both through their form and through the engagement they develop with the audience, they in turn shape that Spanish identity. The performative nature of the rituals enables this contribution towards the identity habitus because it is the route through which the audience becomes part of the ritual. Three, example rituals will provide detailed insight into Spanish identity, tracing both its evolution and highlighting the way in which it remains an ongoing process of negotiation. In so doing, this investigation showcases the potential of performative social rituals as ideal sites at which to unpack and understand identity constructs.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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