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 mostly 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 deal with extra in general why the feel of nationwide belonging constitutes a vital identity in modern societies. Interdisciplinary and in line with wide fieldwork, it seems to be significantly on the “exceptionalism” that Costa Ricans take without any consideration and consider as part of their nationwide identity.

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

Threatening Others is a deeply looking out e-book that would curiosity students and scholars in Latin American reports and politics, cultural reports, and ethnic studies.

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Languages are considered multiaccentuated; meanings are social actions in certain social relations, and different groups attempt to accent language in such a way that their voices, experiences, and values may be recognized as the most legitimate ones. “The sign becomes an arena of class struggle” (Voloshinov , ). Any word is inhabited by diverse meanings; language is no longer  Sandoval 1 3/29/04 9:40 AM Page 15      transparent (Voloshinov ; Medvedev , , ; R.

She states that “perhaps . . there should be no material history without psychoanalysis and no psychoanalysis without a material history” (). The understanding of material and symbolic boundaries seems indeed to require the obliteration of boundaries between social sciences. That obliteration has been a long-term preoccupation. In , Norbert Elias writes regretfully in a similar vein: “Those concerned with the history of society, like those concerned with the history of mind, perceive ‘society,’ on the one hand and the world of ‘ideas’ on the other as two different formations that can be meaningfully separated” (, ).

Meanwhile, media discourse provides the predominant public versions about current developments, and everyday-life genres express ongoing issues in more local or communal dimensions. While this project attempts to recognize  3/29/04 9:40 AM Page 21      the peculiarities of each of these cultural forms, it also endeavors to show some of the multiple links and articulations among and within them; finally any spatial location is constituted by a multiplicity of social times (Braudel ).

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