Identity change in a context of intergroup threat: Regional identity mobilization in Bolivia

Anaid Flesken

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Abstract

The consequences of marginalized ethnic group emancipation for historically privileged groups are rarely examined, despite assertions that the disruption of traditional power balances leads to backlash. This paper addresses identity change in a ‘most probable case’ of intergroup threat, examining reactions to indigenous empowerment in Bolivia. After translating theory on identity change into testable implications, it explores meso-level rhetoric of the Santa Cruz Autonomy movement through diverse sources and micro-level identification through time-series survey data. It finds evidence for the constructionist power of discourse: its ability to create societal consensus on collective identity in a relatively short time span.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-67
Number of pages17
JournalPolitics
Volume38
Issue number1
Early online date17 Mar 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

Structured keywords

  • SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship

Keywords

  • Bolivia
  • identity
  • political discourse
  • rhetoric

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