Ethnurgy, mobilisation, memory and trauma in consociational systems

Eduardo Wassim Aboultaif*

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I intend to study three characteristics of deeply divided societies that hinder consociationalism: ethnurgy (politicisation of ethnic identities), mobilisation, memory and trauma. My argument is that consociational practices may be hampered by non-structural elements, which is a break-away from the classical study of consociationalism which focuses on institutional functions and external actors. By studying consociationalism from this new dimension, I intend to show that internal factors are critical in understanding the threats and pressure of any consociational arrangement, in an attempt to create better power sharing arrangements and/or improve the existing consociational provisions in deeply divided societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-586
Number of pages23
JournalNations and Nationalism
Issue number2
Early online date5 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019
EventIPSA Colloquium 2017 - University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
Duration: 24 Jun 201727 Jun 2017


  • civil war
  • collective memory
  • consociationalism


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