The role of mythical European heritage in the construction of Colombian national identity.

Gisela Ruiseco & Thomas Slunecko

Published in Journal of Language and Politics, 5:3, 2006


Following the discourse-historical approach to Critical Discourse Analysis (Wodak, de Cilia, Reisigl & Liebhart 1999; Wodak, 2001), we analyze the inaugural speech of the actual president of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe Vélez, which he delivered on August, 7th 2002 in Bogotá. We take this speech as an illustration for the construction of national identity by the Colombian elites. In our analysis, we are particularly interested in Uribe´s strategy of referring to the European heritage and in his ways of appeasing the cultural and ethnic differences of the population.

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