Jexux Larrañaga Arriola obtained a doctorate in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Basque Country. He was a researcher fellow at the department of Philosophy and Social Anthropology. The director of his doctoral thesis on bertsolaritza was Joseba Zulaika. His research interests include oral performance in a communal context, and the cultural construction of identity and the subject. He has recently published his first book Jolas sakona (Deep play) and several papers on bertsolaritza. Currently he teaches the Basque language and social science at a Secondary School in Donostia.