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Symbol and Ritual in the New Spain

Symbol and Ritual in the New Spain
The Transition to Democracy after Franco


Part of Cambridge Cultural Social Studies

  • Date Published: April 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521628853

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  • This is a book about the role of culture in social change and the Spanish transition to democracy after Franco. Laura Desfor Edles takes a distinctively culturalist approach to the 'strategy of consensus' deployed by the Spanish elite and uses systematic textual interpretation (with a particular focus on Spanish newspapers) to show how a new symbolic framework emerged in post-Franco Spain which enabled the resolution of specific events critical to the success of the transition. In addition to uncovering underlying processes of symbolization, she shows that politico-historical transitions can themselves be understood as ritual processes, involving as they do phases and symbols of separation, liminality and re-aggregation.

    • Offers distinctively cultural approach to understanding Spanish political transformation, after Franco
    • Looks generally at role of culture in social change
    • Research based on language and texts of politics, such as newspaper articles, pacts and legislation
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    • Date Published: April 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521628853
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Interpreting the Spanish Transition to Democracy:
    1. Introduction
    2. Theories of transition and transitions in theory
    3. Spain: a history of divisions and democracy
    Part II. The Symbolic Basis of Spanish Consensus:
    4. The spirit of consensus: the core representations of the Spanish transition
    5. The curtain rises: the first democratic elections
    6. The 1977 Moncloa pacts and ritualization of communality
    Part III. Conflict and Consensus in the Institutionalization of Spanish Democracy:
    7. Democratic reaggregation and the 1978 Constitution
    8. The Basque exception: questions of communality and democracy
    9. Conclusion and epilogue.

  • Author

    Laura Desfor Edles, University of Hawaii, Manoa

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