Reclaiming Basque Language, Nation and Cultural Activism Jacqueline Urla Mar 2012 | £39.95 / €47.00 | Hardback | 978-0-87417-875-3 | 288pp
The Basque language, Euskara, is one of Europe’s most ancient tongues and a vital part of today’s lively Basque culture. Reclaiming Basque examines the ideology, methods, and discourse of the Basquelanguage revitalisation movement over the course of the past century and the way this effort has unfolded alongside the simultaneous Basque nationalist struggle for autonomy. Jacqueline Urla employs extensive long-term fieldwork and close examination of a vast range of documents to uncover the strategies that have been used to preserve and revive Basque and the various controversies that have arisen among language advocates. Reclaiming Basque offers a new perspective on language activism as a dynamic and evolving social movement. It addresses the complex issue of what it means to speak Basque in the contemporary Basque Country, as well as the roles of minority languages, language policies, and cultural identity in a globalised world.
About the Author: Jacqueline Urla is a professor of anthropology and the director of the Modern European Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has published numerous articles and essays on Basque culture and language and is the co-editor of Deviant Bodies: Critical Perspectives on Difference in Science and Popular Culture.