About the role of culture in social change and the Spanish transition to democracy after Franco.
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.
Table of Contents
Part I. Interpreting the Spanish Transition to
Democracy: 1. Introduction
2. Theories of transition and transitions in
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
8. The Basque exception: questions of
communality and democracy
9. Conclusion and epilogue.