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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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Breaking Apart and Constructing Collective Identities

Breaking Apart and Constructing Collective Identities

(p.43) 5 Breaking Apart and Constructing Collective Identities
Transnational Politics in Central America

Luis Roniger

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the creative process of the construction of national identities that was delayed in the isthmus, with important consequences for the institutional and social development of these societies. The politics of identity and the structuring of collective memory is central to the analysis of Consuelo Cruz which contrasts the experience of Nicaragua and Costa Rica in this domain. In her work, Cruz draws attention to the distinct processes of these two isthmus societies through the analysis of the rhetorical frames that were constructed, a process that started in colonial times and fully unfolded after independence. These frames are those that—in the anthropological sense—these societies “told themselves about themselves,” projecting them as credible stories of collective character upon which their citizens could rely as they envisioned their present actions and future endeavors.

Keywords:   national identities, isthmus, Consuelo Cruz, Nicaragua, Costa Rica

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