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Cuadernos Inter.c.a.mbio sobre Centroamérica y el Caribe

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ANGLIN FONSECA, Lloyd R. La alteridad interna: Las representaciones sobre el Caribe en la construcción de la identidad nacional costarricense. Inter.c.a.mbio [online]. 2018, vol.15, n.1, pp.76-99. ISSN 1659-4940.

This essay analyzes the process that produced the imaginary and the articula tion of this imaginary to the geographical and racist representations developed in other contexts. It also states the need to link the processes of construction of social representations to the socioeconomic causalities that intervene in the definition of territories and imagined communities. In the construction of Costa Rican national identity some of the regions belonging to country´s territory have traditionally been imagined as alien and exotic. Among them, the Caribbean lowlands are notorious for their ethnic groups and environment that set them apart from the Central Valley, where the mythic birth of the nation took place. The methodology used here includes the study of primary and secondary sources, along with discursive analysis, in order to make a comprehensive interpretation of the process that led to the elaboration of those social representations. The first part defines the main concepts and establis hes the theoretical framework, such as nation and identity. The second part descri bes the process that built Costa Rican society in the context of colonial imperialisms. In the last one, the representations on the Caribbean region are discussed in relation to the context in which they were elaborated.

Keywords : Otherness; representation; Caribbean; identity; nation.

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