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Université de Fribourg

Autochthony and activism among contemporary Irish Nationalists in Northern Ireland, or: if ‘civic’ nationalists are ‘ethno’-cultural revivalists,what remains of the civic/ethnic divide?

Zenker, Olaf

In: Nations and Nationalism, 2009, vol. 15, no. 4, p. 696-715

This article argues for dissolving the civic–ethnic dichotomy into several analytical dimensions and suggests ‘autochthony’ and 'activism’ as two such alternatives. It does so by first presenting a case study of Irish language revivalism and identity discourses in the North of Ireland, in which locals turn out to be both ‘civic’ nationalists and ‘ethno’-cultural revivalists. The...

Université de Fribourg

Autochthony, ethnicity, indigeneity and nationalism : Time-honouring and state-oriented modes of rooting individual–territory–group triads in a globalizing world

Zenker, Olaf

In: Critique of Anthropology, 2011, vol. 31, no. 1, p. 63-81

Recently, proliferating discourses on autochthony and indigeneity have been noted as the flip-side of globalization. Against this backdrop, this article synthesizes insights from studies of nationalism and research on autochthony, explaining how identity formations literally ‘take place’ by conceptualizing ‘autochthony’ – the proclaimed ‘original’ link between individual, territory...