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Catalan Independence and the Crisis of Sovereignty

Editors: Garcia Agustin, Oscar (Ed.)

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  • Addresses both academic and public concerns about separatism, nationalism, and the crisis of the nation state
  • Applies a diversity of approaches to the case of Spain and Catalonia but also expanded to Europe
  • Looks at an interdisciplinary topic covering political, social and cultural approaches
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This book explores the conflict between the Catalan project to become independent and the Spanish state’s opposition to any attempt of secessionism. The volume addresses some of the key political and academic issues of contemporary European societies: nationalism, separatism and sovereignty. The banned referendum in Catalonia in October 2017 unveiled the existence of multiple crises, from territorial to economic and political. Indeed, the Catalan issue is about the crisis of sovereignty: who holds legitimacy to make decisions, and who is in power legally and politically? The book is structured according to three themes: sovereignty and its people, where the realignment to independence, populism and the definition of the demos are discussed; collective identities and actions, to account for the shaping of ‘us’, the importance of collective memory and the cross-alliances forged during the referendum; and internationalization, focusing on Europeanisation, international media and comparative constitutional perspectives.

About the authors

Óscar García Agustín is Associate Professor in the Department of Culture and Learning at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is Head of the DEMOS research group. He is the author of Left-Wing Populism (2020), Solidarity and the ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Europe (with Martin Bak Jorgensen, 2018), and Podemos and the New Political Cycle (with Marco Briziarelli, 2018).

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"The Catalan secession crisis is one of the emblematic struggles of our time, with lessons for everyone interested in the nature and form of contemporary politics, whether that be the future of sovereignty, issues of territoriality or issues around citizenship and social activism in the twenty first century.  Agustin’s book is a landmark study in this respect, leveraging the case of Catalonia to provide the basis for a broad-ranging, ambitious account of how we should be thinking about nativist politics, populism and geo-politics in the twenty first century. Highly recommended."

-Simon Tomey, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Bristol, UK

 

"The Catalan referendum on independence, the severe police brutality towards peaceful Catalan voters and the following incarceration of elected politicians and civil leaders, brought the Catalan conflict to the knowledge of people all over the world. Agustin’s thoughtful and inspiring book of interdisciplinary analysis provides valuable insights into the historic, as well as the contemporary roots of the conflict. It reveals how questions of nationality and sovereignty intermingle with economic and political issues. And how feedback between internal political rivalries in Spain and Catalonia, as well as international reactions, influenced the development of the conflict – leading to the existing polarized deadlock."

-Pelle Dragsted, Political Commentator, Denmark

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • The Catalan Way to Independence and the Spanish–Catalan Conflict

    Pages 3-29

    Agustín, Óscar García (et al.)

  • The Independence Procés in Catalonia: The Triple Spanish Crisis and an Unresolved Question of Sovereignty

    Pages 33-55

    Ubasart-González, Gemma

  • Banal Populism: Nationalism and Everyday Victimhood in the Spanish–Catalan Clash

    Pages 57-76

    Cossarini, Paolo

  • Discussing Ethnos, Polis, Demos and Cives in the Context of Spanish Politics

    Pages 77-101

    Brescó de Luna, Ignacio (et al.)

  • Moving Towards the Future, Returning to the Past: Catalan Collective Memories in Times of Unstable Hegemony

    Pages 105-125

    Agustín, Óscar García (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Catalan Independence and the Crisis of Sovereignty
Editors
  • Oscar Garcia Agustin
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-54867-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-54867-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-54866-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 260
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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