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The three spheres. A theoretical model of mass nationalisation: the case of Spain

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Alejandro Quiroga


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This article sets out a theoretical model of the processes of mass nationalisation. The paper is divided into three sections. The first part shows nationalisation as a process of identity transmission that includes messages (national narratives), channels (national agencies) and recipients (national individuals). The second section analyses the processes of identity transmission into three spheres of nationalisation: the official public sphere, the non-official public sphere and the private sphere. The last part looks at the process of mass nationalisation from below and reflects on the mechanisms of individual acquisition and reproduction of national identities on a daily basis. The general model of nationalisation presented here is developed in a deductive way and is applicable to a number of countries all over the world. In this article, I illustrate the general model by giving examples of mass nationalisations in Spain over the last two centuries.

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Author(s): Quiroga A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nations and Nationalism

Year: 2014

Volume: 20

Issue: 4

Pages: 683-700

Print publication date: 01/10/2014

Online publication date: 22/09/2014

ISSN (print): 1354-5078

ISSN (electronic): 1469-8129

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/nana.12073


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