Threatening Others: Nicaraguans and the Formation of National Identities in Costa Rica ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Carlos Sandoval-Garcia

Threatening Others: Nicaraguans and the Formation of National Identities in Costa Rica

Ohio University Press
Publication date: August 2014
ISBN: 9780896804432
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During the last two decades, a decline in public investment has undermined some of the national values and institutions of Costa Rica. The resulting sense of dislocation and loss is usually projected onto Nicaraguan "immigrants."

Threatening Others: Nicaraguans and the Formation of National Identities in Costa Rica explores the representation of the Nicaraguan "other" in the Costa Rican imagery. It also seeks to address more generally why the sense of national belonging constitutes a crucial identification in contemporary societies. Interdisciplinary and based on extensive fieldwork, it looks critically at the "exceptionalism" that Costa Ricans take for granted and view as a part of their national identity.

Carlos Sandoval-GarcĂ­a argues that Nicaraguan immigrants, once perceived as a "communist threat," are now victims of an invigorated, racialized politics in which the Nicaraguan nationality has become an offense in itself.

Threatening Others is a deeply searching book that will interest scholars and students in Latin American studies and politics, cultural studies, and ethnic studies.

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