Madness and the Politically Real

Begoña Aretxaga

in Postcolonial Disorders

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252233
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941021 | DOI:
Madness and the Politically Real

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This chapter explores violence in post-dictatorial Spain. It raises questions about the elements of post-coloniality that extend beyond what is normally considered the postcolonial world, particularly the marginal status within the global political and economic order. The chapter attempts to understand the “incomprehensible logic” of the violence that arose in Spain's now-autonomous Basque Country, perpetrated by guerrilla group ETA against the Basque police. It argues that the madness of violence of the radical nationalists showed a profound ambivalence toward the nation-state, a fear that the unified sense of self as the colonized people stands to be lost in a coming into nationhood.

Keywords: violence; post-dictatorial Spain; post-coloniality; Basque Country; ETA; radical nationalist; nation-state; nationhood; colonized people

Chapter.  8967 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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