Title
Denied ethnicism: On the Walloon Movement in Belgium
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. History
Publication type
article
Publication
Cambridge ,
Subject
Sociology
Law
History
Source (journal)
Nations and nationalism. - Cambridge
Volume/pages
18(2012) :2 , p. 230-246
ISSN
1354-5078
ISI
000301640000003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The Walloon movement is the lesser-known counterpart to the Flemish movement in Belgium. In contemporary political debate it presents itself, and is usually perceived, as a civic and voluntaristic movement predicated on the values of democracy, freedom, openness and anti-nationalism. As such it is contrasted against its Flemish counterpart, which accordingly is characterised as tending towards an ethnic exclusivist form of nationalism hinging on descent, culture and language. However, the historical record behind these representations shows that the Walloon movement is rooted in ethno-cultural as much as social politics, and that it has always contained both civic and ethnic elements to varying degrees. This article highlights the Walloon movement in order to analyse the language and national stereotypes in which national movements are characterised both in political rhetoric and in scholarly analysis. The case is particularly relevant for the problematic usage of the civicethnic opposition, slipping between the discourses of antagonism and analysis; one type of such slippage is here identified as denied ethnicism.
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