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

Bibliographical note

The author is thankful for the editors of the journals and the two anonymous reviewers. Special thanks for Professor William Harris and Associate Professor James Headley from the University of Otago who helped me formulate the theoretical background of this paper.


  • civil war
  • collective memory
  • consociationalism


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