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Breaking Apart and Constructing Collective Identities

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/9780813036632.003.0006
Breaking Apart and Constructing Collective Identities

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This chapter discusses the creative process of the construction of national identities that was delayed in the isthmus, with important consequences for the institutional and social development of these societies. The politics of identity and the structuring of collective memory is central to the analysis of Consuelo Cruz which contrasts the experience of Nicaragua and Costa Rica in this domain. In her work, Cruz draws attention to the distinct processes of these two isthmus societies through the analysis of the rhetorical frames that were constructed, a process that started in colonial times and fully unfolded after independence. These frames are those that—in the anthropological sense—these societies “told themselves about themselves,” projecting them as credible stories of collective character upon which their citizens could rely as they envisioned their present actions and future endeavors.

Keywords: national identities; isthmus; Consuelo Cruz; Nicaragua; Costa Rica

Chapter.  3893 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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