Identity, Culture, And Politics In The Basque Diaspora

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Author: Gloria Pilar Totoricag├╝ena

Format: Cloth
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9780874175479
Published Date: 2003

A comparative study of ethnic identity in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Peru, the United States, and Uruguay that illustrates the effects of globalization on the daily lives of Basques abroad. Identity, Culture, and Politics in the Basque Diaspora is political scientist Gloria Totoricagüena’s ground breaking examination of the remarkable endurance of Basque identity and culture in six countries of the far-flung Basque diaspora. Using the results of interviews with over eight hundred informants in the diaspora and in Euskal Herria (the Basque Country), questionnaire results, plus extensive research in archives and printed sources in all six of her study countries, Totoricagüena reveals for the first time the complex universe of these dispersed Basques—the elements of their traditional culture and the institutions that have encouraged identity maintenance, the impacts on established communities of each new wave of immigrants, and the nature of ties with the homeland. She also examines the role of the new autonomous Basque Government of Euskadi in diaspora communities and the effects of double citizenship and voting rights that have been offered to these Basques.

Author Bio

Gloria Totoricagüena Egurrola serves as a consultant for diaspora-related themes to the Basque Government and to the Armenian, Irish, Iranian, Greek, and Bosnian communities around the world.


“Totoricaguena conducted a remarkable number of personal interviews to gain an understanding of how and why Basques in the diaspora have maintained their ethnic identity of several generations, as well as how the Basque Government’s interest in the diaspora component has contributed to that maintenance. This work makes a major contribution to our knowledge of the Basques and their cultural traditions.” —Center for Basque Studies Newsletter

“Gloria Totoricaguena has successfully established herself as the authority in the field of Basque diaspora studies.” —Journal of Contemporary European Studies