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State Logic and Nation Building

Luis Roniger

in Transnational Politics in Central America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036632
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038834 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036632.003.0005
State Logic and Nation Building

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This chapter traces how the separate states of the region attempted to consolidate their control and construct a sense of distinct collective identity through their policies, visions, and practices, wrangling at the same time with persisting transnational pressures and the memory of their common origins, the protracted involvement in neighboring states, and recurring projects of the reconstruction of political unity. Once separate, the nineteenth-century republics faced the dual task of consolidating their territorial control and domination while constructing a sense of collective identity through their policies, practices, and ceremonies. They had to define and create national membership and boundaries, which implied recognizing certain categories of citizenship as paramount, while replacing, ignoring, or denying—without fully eradicating—earlier forms of identification, including the pan-isthmian identity, and subsuming more localized and ethnic identities.

Keywords: policies; visions; practices; political unity; nineteenth-century republics

Chapter.  1681 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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