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Contested Identities in Costa RicaConstructions of the Tico in Literature and Film$
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Liz Harvey-Kattou

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620054

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620054.001.0001

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Contested Identities in Costa Rica

Liz Harvey-Kattou

Liverpool University Press

This introductory chapter defines what being tico means in Costa Rica, demonstrating its equation with an exclusive and exclusionary national identity that revolves around race, class, religion, and the myth of a common ancestry. It goes on to detail those groups and communities that have traditionally been excluded from the normative conception of Costa Rica’s national identity, such as people of colour, women, and LGBTQ+ peoples. It includes the book’s key arguments and outlines the chapter structures.

Keywords:   Tico, National identity, Othering

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