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How To Enhance Ontological Security? Analysis Of Official Discourse On Catalan Identity After 2017 Referendum

Student: Kristina Varfolomeeva

Supervisor: Sergei Akopov

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: Political Science and World Politics (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2021

In recent years, Catalan political conflict has gained a more radical turn - mass protests and demonstrations following Referendum 2017 are reaching unprecedented scale in the number of participants and violence from both sides. Undoubtedly, this crisis affects Catalan identity and gives impetus to the establishment of new narratives. In the social reality, narratives construct an actor identity by constantly being produced and reproduced through discourse. Moreover, consistent narratives help to build stable self-concept and thereby maintain ontological security. This study is set up to identify the features of the ontological security enhancing mechanisms in the official discourse on Catalan identity after the 2017 Referendum. For this purpose, speeches of Catalan presidents for the period of October 2017 till the present time (April 2021) will be gathered and Critical Discourse Analysis will be implemented in order to extract narratives of ontological security enhancing mechanisms. The results of the research will contribute to the broad scholarship of Ontological security theory in the field of identity formation and maintenance and will allow to expand the empirical base of community - level analysis for further research.

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