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Centrifugal Spain: Umbrage in Catalonia - The Economist

Centrifugal Spain: Umbrage in Catalonia - The Economist | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it

In an unofficial referendum Catalonia voted today to decide if it wants independence from Spain.  What will be their answer?? 

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Separatists On The Rise in Europe - Associated Press

Separatists On The Rise in Europe - Associated Press | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it

Despite just being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its promotion of continental unity, several regions  want independence so they don't have to share their wealth with the rest of their struggling countries or the EU in general.  Belgium and Spain are facing factions within their countries who want to break away - Flanders and Catalonia want their own states.  Scotland is another territory seeking independence from the UK.  Will these efforts be successful?

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More than a club: FC Barcelona and Catalonia's road to independence

As Catalonia goes to the polls, Sid Lowe looks at one of the region's great cultural sporting icons and its role in Catalan identity...

 

Sports and cultural identity of a region are often intertwined. As Catalonia is poised to break from Spain, this video shows how the local teams (especially FC Barcelona) are at the center of political identity and part of the very fabric of the political movement that is pushing for independence.  For more, see this recent GITN.

 

Tags: sport, Spain, Europe, devolution, autonomy.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 12, 2013 12:54 PM

Sports and cultural identity of a region are often intertwined. As Catalonia is poised to break from Spain, this video shows how the local teams (especially FC Barcelona) are at the center of political identity and part of the very fabric of the political movement that is pushing for independence.  For more, see this recent Geography in the News article.


Tags: sport, Spain, Europe, devolution, autonomy.

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 30, 2014 9:10 PM

As a soccer fan and a fan of FC Barcelona, Whenever I watch FC Barcelona play against Real Madrid, the commentators always describe both clubs as a symbol of independence and the symbol of political identity. Both teams are embodiments of the struggle that Spain and Catalonia are going through.

Bob Beaven's curator insight, February 19, 3:01 PM

As a soccer fan (although of CR7 in La Liga), I know that Barca has the saying "Mes que un club" which means more than a club in the Catalan language.  FCB's colors, in fact, represent the colors of Barcelona, which is the major force in the region of Catalonia.  The club allows the ethnic people to express pride in their heritage, and allowed them in the Franco era, a freedom of expression that was not otherwise granted to them.  However, as the video discusses, FCB cannot be the main force for the region's independence, that will have to come from the people pressing the people to the Spanish Government.  However, FCB represents for the Catalans a pride in having their own unique culture, and being a unique people different than ethnic Spaniards.  Barca being more than a club is far different from the BPL team of Manchester United or the La Liga club of Real Madrid.  While these clubs may represent regions within the countries, they do not represent regions who are different than the status quo.  Followers of Man U are not very different than the Southern English (they are not their own people).  I think it is highly interesting how sports teams can mean so much to certain regions.

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Catalans march for independence

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Catalans march for independence...the most powerful and influential region of Spain wants out, amid national economic woes that they don't want to be saddled with, according to some.   

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