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Symbol and Ritual in the New Spain (Cambridge Cultural Social Studies)by Laura Desfor Edles
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This is a book about the role of culture in social change and the transition to democracy of post-Franco Spain. Since General Franco's death in 1975, Spanish political life has seen an extraordinarily quiescent "period of consensus," unique in its own history. Laura Desfor Edles takes a distinctively culturalist approach to this "strategy of consensus" and institutionalization of democracy, and uncovers the processes of symbolization and ritualization that characterize it.
Examines the role of culture in social change and Spanish democratisation post-Franco.
Laura Desfor Edles takes a distinctively culturalist approach to Spain's transition to democracy after Franco. She uses textual interpretation of Spanish newspapers to examine the 'strategy of consensus' deployed at this time and uncovers the processes of symbolization and ritualization behind the political transition.
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.
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