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

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

by Laura Desfor Edles
ISBN-10:
0521621402
ISBN-13:
9780521621403
Pub. Date:
04/16/1998
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Overview

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521621403
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/16/1998
Series: Cambridge Cultural Social Studies Series
Pages: 197
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

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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