Basque Violence: Metaphor and Sacrament

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University of Nevada Press, Sep 1, 2000 - Political Science - 423 pages
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This book captures the complexity and humanity of one of the most agonizing of contemporary problems--that of terrorist violence. Basque Violence is in fact a pioneering attempt to give a fully contextualized, cultural account of the endemic conflict engaging Basque villagers both as protagonists and as spectators. The author focuses on his native village of Itziar in the province of Guip zcoa, and many of the Basque activists he discusses are friends from his youth. They are now lionized by the villagers despite the fact that their actions have become increasingly problematic for the villagers themselves. Far from being the work of a "terrorism expert" seeking counter-insurgency solutions or concentrating on the usual search for the causes and consequences of violence, this study attempts instead to understand the conscious and unconscious presuppositions of the violence. The author becomes the narrator of a drama of Homeric proportions in which ordinary men are forced into acts of heroism and errors of tragic consequence.
 

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Contents

PART ONE HISTORICAL REPRESENTATIONS
1
History as War
16
History as Heroism
36
History as Tragedy
74
PART TWO BASERRI SOCIETY AND CULTURE
103
Obsolescence
122
Testing the Limits
137
PART THREE PERFORMANCES IN CULTURE
165
The Bertsolariak as a Cultural Model
208
PART FOUR THE CULTURAL METAPHORS OF
237
Icon and Sacrament
268
RITUAL ACTION
289
Conclusion
341
Notes
353
Bibliography
381
Index
399

The Hunting Model of Performance
187

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About the author (2000)

Joseba Zulaika is professor of Basque studies and codirector of the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the author or coauthor of many books.

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