College of Arts and Sciences
International Studies and Spanish
This paper explores the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of Belize and Panamá’s exclusion from the Central American “imagined community”—that is, the definition of which countries comprise “Central America.” While there are seven countries that geographically exist in the region, not all seven are always classified as belonging to Central America due to factors such as differences in histories, racial distribution, and cultural expressions, among others. The aim of this article is to more fully explore and analyze the many reasons behind these exclusions and to propose a reconsideration of the narrative, thereby creating the possibility of an expanded and more inclusive “Central America.”
Belisle Dempsey, Isabeau J.
"Framing the Center: Belize and Panamá Within the Central American Imagined Community.,"
SUURJ: Seattle University Undergraduate Research Journal: Vol. 4, Article 13.
Available at: https://scholarworks.seattleu.edu/suurj/vol4/iss1/13