Gloria P. Totoricaguena presents a thorough comparative examination of the remarkable endurance of Basque identity and culture in six countries of the far-flung Basque diaspora. Using the results of interviews and extensive anonymous surveys with more than eight hundred informants in the diaspora, plus extensive research in archives and printed sources in all six of her study countries, Totoricaguena reveals for the first time the complex and interrelated universe of these dispersed Basques. She explores the elements of their migration patterns and the institutions that have encouraged identity maintenance, the impacts on established communities of each new wave of immigrants, and the nature of economic and political ties with the homeland. Totoricaguena offers a superb quantitative study of an aspect of Basque culture that has been largely ignored by scholars-the diaspora. In doing so, she enlarges the understanding of cultural identity in general-how it is defined and preserved, how it evolves over time, and how both the politics of distant places and the most intimate family habits can shape an individual's sense of self.
Identity, Culture, and Politics in the Basque Diaspora is a major contribution to the knowledge of Basques and their persistent political and cultural traditions.
Gloria Totoricaguena Egurrola is currently the director of the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. She also serves as a consultant for diaspora-related themes to the Basque Government and to the Armenian, Irish, Iranian, Greek, and Bosnian communities around the world. Her latest books include Identity, Culture, and Politics in the Basque Diaspora (2004, University of Nevada Press).
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