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

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 16, 1998 - History - 197 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Theories of transition and transitions in theory
11
a history of divisions and democracy
26
the core representations of
41
the first democratic elections
63
The 1977 Moncloa Pacts and the ritualization
81
Conflict and consensus in the institutionalization of Spanish
99
questions of communality
122
Conclusion and epilogue
139
Notes
151
References
180
Index
193
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