Basque Society: Structures, Institutions, and Contemporary Life
Seguel, Andrés G.
Martínez de Albeniz, Iñaki
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This book presents an overview of the social, political, and cultural reality of the Basque Country. The twelve authors describe the social structure, analyze the institutional structure that maintains Basque identity, and examine the principal processes of change in contemporary Basque society. Section 1 addresses sociostructural aspects and the Basque socioeconomic and institutional framework, demographic trends, and language use. Section 2 analyzes social mechanisms and institutions that include the family and associative groups, together with the influence of the media, education, religion and language on notions of collective identity. It also provides an overview of Basque political life and civil society. Section 3 explores recent social transformations—in particular, changing notions of identity—from the perspectives of political affiliation, language, youth, labor, gender, and the Basque diaspora, as well as that of new immigrants.