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Politics, culture, and sociability in the Basque Nationalist Party /
Roland Vazquez.
Reno : University of Nevada Press, c2010.
xii, 270 p., [12] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
0874178223 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780874178227 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Reno : University of Nevada Press, c2010.
0874178223 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780874178227 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Studying politics in the Basque country -- Political transition and consolidation -- The local PNV idiom and implantation -- The political insociability of fission and beyond -- The normalization of the savage mind -- The Socialist Party and the postnationalist challenge -- Transformation, "democratic nationalism". and the electoral crescendo -- The politics of "nonpartisanship" -- Commemoration and context of a new party ritual -- A myth with eternal returns? -- On parties, systems, and events past and present.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-262) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-07-01:
This anthropological analysis of the Basque Nationalist Party (Partido Nacionalista Vasco--PNV) argues culture strongly affects political outcomes. Based on two years (1992-94) of ethnographic research in the Basque town of Tolosa, Vazquez (Upper Iowa Univ.) weaves his observations into the broader context of Basque politics and nationalism, the politics of Spain, and the party systems they share. The book discusses PNV activities in Tolosa, broader PNV organizational and ideological issues, and Spain's transition to democracy, as well as the party's relationship to the origins of Basque nationalism, Basque Homeland and Freedom (ETA)-inspired political violence, other state and nationalist parties, and nonparty political activities and social movements. This is not another study of the origins of Basque nationalism; Vasquez investigates the PNV from the bottom up, describing how individuals and groups mobilize politically, encouraged by opportunity and bounded within repeated associational activity and social networks. This study of the PNV should contribute to the literature on Basque politics and nationalism as well as that on the organization of political parties, especially centrist ones. Readers will learn many descriptive details about Basque nationalism and the PNV, such as the role and myth of its founder, Sabino Arana, and its symbols, agents, and rituals. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate, research, and professional collections. T. D. Lancaster Emory University
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Roland Vazquez studies Basque nationalism as not merely a political phenomenon but as a cultural and social one as well. He examines the forces that have shaped the Basque political panorama, the nature of Basque political campaigns, Basque cultural and social movements, and the role of other parties in the Basque Country.
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"The book does not simply concern political ideas and ideology, but political organization as well. I believe that this has been a significant void in the research on Basque politics, and it is one that is even more pronounced in the study of politics from an institutional perspective, in the Basque case as well as more pervasively... Although organizations such as parties represent what might be called important meso-level realities, political scientists and sociologists have tended to focus on party systems and voting data at the expense of studying the organizations themselves...On the other hand, anthropologists have often been far too quick to jump directly from the local to the global.... Parties and other political organizations do continue to matter-a fact that makes their empirical study of ongoing importance and the relative lack of such studies perplexing.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Studying Politics in the Basque Countryp. 1
Political Transition and Consolidationp. 8
The Local PNV Idiom and Implantationp. 21
The Political Insociability of Fission and Beyondp. 47
The Normalization of the Savage Mindp. 58
The Socialist Party and the Postnationalist Challengep. 75
Transformation, "Democratic Nationalism," and the Electoral Crescendop. 94
The Politics of "Nonpartisanship"p. 109
Commemoration and Context of a New Party Ritualp. 133
A Myth with Eternal Returns?p. 152
On Parties, Systems, and Events Past and Present Coda: Whither Ethnographic Party Studies?p. 202
My Road to Tolosa (and Other Reflections)p. 205
Vote Totalsp. 210
Local PNV Membershipp. 216
Notesp. 217
Glossaryp. 239
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 263
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