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Transnational Politics in Central America$
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Luis Roniger

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036632

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036632.001.0001

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State Logic and Nation Building

State Logic and Nation Building

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Transnational Politics in Central America

Luis Roniger

University Press of Florida

This chapter traces how the separate states of the region attempted to consolidate their control and construct a sense of distinct collective identity through their policies, visions, and practices, wrangling at the same time with persisting transnational pressures and the memory of their common origins, the protracted involvement in neighboring states, and recurring projects of the reconstruction of political unity. Once separate, the nineteenth-century republics faced the dual task of consolidating their territorial control and domination while constructing a sense of collective identity through their policies, practices, and ceremonies. They had to define and create national membership and boundaries, which implied recognizing certain categories of citizenship as paramount, while replacing, ignoring, or denying—without fully eradicating—earlier forms of identification, including the pan-isthmian identity, and subsuming more localized and ethnic identities.

Keywords:   policies, visions, practices, political unity, nineteenth-century republics

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