Multiple identities in decentralized Spainthe case of Catalonia

  1. Arriba González de Durana, Ana
  2. Serrano Pascual, Araceli
  3. Moreno Fernández, Luis
Documentos de trabajo ( CSIC. Unidad de Políticas Comparadas )

Year of publication: 1997

Issue: 6

Type: Working paper


The persistence of a dual self-identification expressed by citizens in the Spanish Comunidades Autónomas (nationalities and regions) is one of the main features of centre-periphery relations in democratic Spain. This 'dual identity' or 'compound nationality' incorporates -in variable proportions, individually or subjectively asserted- both state/national and ethnoterritorial identities with no apparent exclusion. It characterises the ambivalent and dynamic nature of spatial politics in decentralized Spain. A succinct review of the main developments in Spain's contemporary history is carried out in order to provide a background for the discussion of the various identities expressed by citizens in Catalonia. A segmentation analysis reviews the various forms of Catalan self-identification, among which 'duality' is to be underlined.