'The people, year zero' : secessionism and citizenship in Scotland and Catalonia
Abstract The article compares how secessionist elites in Scotland and Catalonia discursely and legally constituted the people that is the subject of their claim of self-determination in relation to immigrant and emigrant populations during their recent bid for independence (2012-2017). The results point to important similarities between the two cases, which privileged the territorial inclusion of immigrants over the ethnocultural inclusion of emigrants and embraced the principle of multiple nationality. The outcome is interpreted as a sub-set of a broader ‘independence lite’ strategy, serving the aim of reducing the prospective cost of independence in the eye of the population they seek support from, and of the international community of states they seek recognition from.
Keywords Nationalism, independence, Scotland, Catalonia, citizenship
Citation Arrighi de Casanova, J. T. (2019). 'The people, year zero' : secessionism and citizenship in Scotland and Catalonia. Ethnopolitics, 18(3), 278-297.
Type Journal article (English)
Date of appearance 1-3-2019
Journal Ethnopolitics
Volume 18
Issue 3
Pages 278-297
Related project The Regional Dynamics of Integration and Citizenship Regu...