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Building nations in the XXI century. Celticism, Nationalism and Archaeology in northern Spain: the case of Asturias and León

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Marín Suárez, Carlos and González Álvarez, David and Alonso González, Pablo (2012) Building nations in the XXI century. Celticism, Nationalism and Archaeology in northern Spain: the case of Asturias and León. Archaeological Review from Cambridge, 27 (2). pp. 11-31. ISSN 0261-4332

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Abstract

This investigation presents an overview of ‘Celtic’ nationalism in northern Spain, with the regions of Asturias and León as case studies. In these areas, archaeological narratives have served and still serve to justify
contemporary political agendas. Archaeologists have thus become major actors in the discursive struggles over the past. However, they have become rather naïve and innocent regarding their contemporary public roles and their relationship towards social and political agendas. This
situation has led to a lack of control over the use of their own narratives, which take on a life of their own in the public sphere. Our paper illustrates how archaeology has been used in the construction of contemporary political identities by regionalist and nationalist agents. Whereas nowadays Asturias aims to reinforce selfgovernment,
the objective of León is to become a separate ‘Autonomous
Community’ endowed with a certain degree of self-government
separated from Castile.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Celtic nationalism, Asturias, León, Archaeology, Contemporary political identities
Subjects:Humanities > History > Prehistory
Humanities > History > Archaeology
ID Code:17816
Deposited On:30 Jan 2013 13:12
Last Modified:17 Dec 2018 08:57

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