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Just a Matter of Identity? Support for Independence in Catalonia

Just a Matter of Identity? Support for Independence in Catalonia The Catalan case is usually depicted in the literature as a typical example of a nation without state with a predominant civic nationalism, where the importance of dual identities tends to generate claims for self-government short of independence. However, the recent evolution of Catalan and Spanish politics shows that independence receives relevant levels of support even among groups expressing some degree of identification with the state identity. This paper aims to fill the gap in this relatively unexplored dimension of Catalan nationalism by analysing the factors that help explain support for independence in Catalonia. The results of the research point to the importance of identity in explaining attitudes towards independence but also that it receives widespread support across Catalan society, suggesting much more complex relations. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Regional & Federal Studies Taylor & Francis

Just a Matter of Identity? Support for Independence in Catalonia

Regional & Federal Studies , Volume 23 (5): 23 – Dec 1, 2013
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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2013 Taylor & Francis
ISSN
1743-9434
eISSN
1359-7566
DOI
10.1080/13597566.2013.775945
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Abstract

The Catalan case is usually depicted in the literature as a typical example of a nation without state with a predominant civic nationalism, where the importance of dual identities tends to generate claims for self-government short of independence. However, the recent evolution of Catalan and Spanish politics shows that independence receives relevant levels of support even among groups expressing some degree of identification with the state identity. This paper aims to fill the gap in this relatively unexplored dimension of Catalan nationalism by analysing the factors that help explain support for independence in Catalonia. The results of the research point to the importance of identity in explaining attitudes towards independence but also that it receives widespread support across Catalan society, suggesting much more complex relations.

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Regional & Federal StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Dec 1, 2013

Keywords: Nationalism; secession; Catalonia; national identity

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