Zulaika has not only greatly enriched our understanding of Basque violence and its causes, but also has provided a searing personal document that may stand as a model of the ethnographer's craft. . . . This is one of those rare books that raises the level of sophistication of an entire intellectual enterprise.
Zulaika has made a unique and moving contribution to the growing body of ethnography by anthropologists returning to their ancestral societies and communities, a needed complement to R. P. Clark's important The Basque Insurgents: ETA 1952-1980 and a test of anthropology's capacity to explicate what seems not only senseless but abhorrent to outsiders.
Basque Violence is the most skillful, imaginative ethnography of Iberia since the publication of Belmonte de los Caballeros. . . . A sensitively written, exciting book which deserves to be read by more than just ethnographers of Europe.
This timely book captures the complexity and humanity of one of the most agonizing of contemporary problems—that of terrorist violence. Basque Violence is in fact a pioneering attempt to give a fully contextualized, cultural account of the endemic conflict engaging Basque villagers both as protagonists and as spectators. By using the tools of cultural anthropology, Joseba Zulaika provides the first ethnographic analysis of this politically explosive situation.
About The Author
After receiving his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Princeton University, Joseba Zulaika returned to his homeland where he served as associate professor of symbolic anthropology at the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastián, Spain. He is the Director of the Center for Basque Studies.