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Cuadernos de antropología social

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GAZTANAGA, Julieta. Is not about monsters, it is violence. An ethnography of Basque sovereignty as a tool to guarantee lives that deserve to be lived. Cuad. antropol. soc. [online]. 2020, n.51, pp.153-168. ISSN 1850-275X.

This work seeks to contribute to the anthropological knowledge of the ways in which people organize collectively and produce dignified lives in a contemporary context of the crisis of capitalism, the decline of the welfare state, and a gradual deterioration of the value of imagination concerning alternative political projects. Through my ethnography amongst activists whose aim is to install the right to decide on the political status of the Basque people, I examine their daily actions, wondering what happens when people reflect and creatively produce values that inform the social production of citizen rights, calling into question the inevitable lethality of the link between State-Nation and Capitalism.

Keywords : The State; Basque Independence; Welfare; Social movements; Ethnography.

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