Threatening Others: Nicaraguans and the Formation of by Carlos Sandoval-Garcia Carlos Sandoval-Garcia

By Carlos Sandoval-Garcia Carlos Sandoval-Garcia

Winner of 2002 Costa Rican nationwide Monograph Award
over the past twenty years, a decline in public funding has undermined the various nationwide values and associations of Costa Rica. The ensuing experience of dislocation and loss is generally projected onto Nicaraguan “immigrants.”

Threatening Others: Nicaraguans and the Formation of nationwide Identities in Costa Rica explores the illustration of the Nicaraguan “other” within the Costa Rican imagery. It additionally seeks to handle extra in general why the experience of nationwide belonging constitutes a very important id in modern societies. Interdisciplinary and according to wide fieldwork, it seems significantly on the “exceptionalism” that Costa Ricans take without any consideration and examine as part of their nationwide identity.

Carlos Sandoval-García argues that Nicaraguan immigrants, as soon as perceived as a “communist threat,” at the moment are sufferers of an invigorated, racialized politics during which the Nicaraguan nationality has develop into an offense in itself.

Threatening Others is a deeply looking booklet that would curiosity students and scholars in Latin American reviews and politics, cultural reviews, and ethnic studies.

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Besides, news items are ritualized on certain pages, especially those devoted to crime news reports. Thus mystification and ritualization fix normative and institutional procedures, but perhaps their more important consequence is the organization of the collective memory through processes of accumulation, consonance, and omnipresence (Martín ; Wolf ) that place issues and social actors in certain temporal and spatial locations. This chapter is organized around these key oppositions, exploring the implications of these media representations in the configuration of social actors and chronotopes.

In other words, selective versions of the past are intrinsically related to restrictive geographical boundaries. Time and space are clues of belonging and, in turn, ways of exclusion. In other words, both time and space are constructed socially and are highly selective. Temporal references to the past, present, future, or any combination thereof have become crucial sites for the representation of national belonging; indeed, “lived situations . . are three-dimensional” (Elias , ). The sense of the past in particular has provided salient materials for the invention of national identities and nationalism.

Such internal expulsion of “internal others” was, on the other hand, an important reference in the processes of colonization and genocide in the so-called New World, which in turn became an external  Sandoval 1 3/29/04 9:40 AM Page 10      other, an important precedent in the constitution of the West (Todorov ; Balibar c, –). Thus self-determination and sovereignty became a subject for debate among citizens, a feature that was not granted to “internal others” (workingclass men and women) nor to the colonized others.

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