Costa Rica’s national image of being the regional exception: whiteness and the exclusion of minority groups as part of the national identity of Costa Rica

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Costa Rica’s national image of being the regional exception: whiteness and the exclusion of minority groups as part of the national identity of Costa Rica

Type: Master thesis
Title: Costa Rica’s national image of being the regional exception: whiteness and the exclusion of minority groups as part of the national identity of Costa Rica
Author: Nikkessen, Julia
Issue Date: 2015
Keywords: Costa Rica, national identity, minority groups
Abstract: Costa Rica and the national identity are the main themes of this master thesis and the major focus is to uncover what the signification and the importance of the national identity of the nation is. Taking into consideration different perspectives of inhabitants or citizens and various sources or external others in addition to how the national identity is reflected regarding minorities who supposedly would be not be included in this national image or identity. When the decision was made of choosing Costa Rica and the national identity as object of study in order to execute the research that is part of the master, the matter of understanding the concept of national identity was the first major task; it is a rather comprehensive and difficult concept to clarify. The main ideas and theories discussed in this thesis concern the formation of the national identity of Costa Rica with regard to possible included white tendencies or whiteness. Elements such as these supposedly would have been incorporated in the identity of the nation; due to exclusion of minority groups within the country from the national image, such as the indigenous, Afro-Caribbean or Nicaraguan population. It is of importance to investigate if the presumed seclusion or segregation had already been integrated in the identity of Costa Rica or rather it emerged during its creation or modification.
Supervisor: Isla Monsalve, Pablo
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Latin American Studies (Master)
Specialisation: Latin Americanstudies
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/32596
 

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