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Transnationalism between Galicia and Northern Portugal: An Emerging Cosmopolitism

DOI: 10.4236/sm.2017.74010, PP. 133-153

Keywords: Ethnicity, Liminality, Memory, Cosmopolitism, Transnationalism

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This paper deals with the formation of a transnational society between Galicia and the Northern part of Portugal, analysed from an anthropological point of view. Concepts like cosmopolitism, ethnicity, liminality, and memory are central in the theoretical discussion for interpreting the processes of transnationalism. The suppression of the borders in the post-national European Union made the creation of transnational communities near the states’ borders possible. This process, in the case of the Galician-Portuguese borders, has developed depending on the ethnic processes, once the Spanish and Portuguese states attained democracies. The concept of a cosmopolitan nation has also been central in the discussion of how ethnicity and nationalism intervene in the process of transnationalism.

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