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"La Caseta i l'Hortet": Rural Imagery in Catalan Urban Politics

Susan M. DiGiacomo
Anthropological Quarterly
Vol. 60, No. 4, In Memory of Michael Kenny (Oct., 1987), pp. 160-166
DOI: 10.2307/3317655
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3317655
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Abstract

Links between city and countryside in the construction of Catalan national identity are explored through a systematic and contextualized "unpacking" of an image that appeared in two pivotal election campaigns. Francesc Macià, the central figure of Catalonia's return to self-government under the Second Republic, offered the voters of 1931 a model for a Catalan nation based on the values of a free peasantry and rural family structures. By 1980 that election had itself become symbolic. The resuscitation of Macià's homely image of rural life allowed the party that used it not only to evoke the past but to claim it, and to assert its legitimacy on historical grounds against the rival claims of popular parties whose nationalist credentials were in some doubt.

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