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Following Franco

Spanish culture and politics in transition

By Duncan Wheeler

Following Franco
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  • Publish Date: Oct 2020
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0518-9
    • Pages: 416
    • Price: ¬£25.00
    • Published Date: October 2020

    Description

    The transition to democracy that followed the death of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco in 1975 was once hailed as a model of political transformation. But since the 2008 financial crisis it has come under intense scrutiny. Today, a growing divide exists between advocates of the Transition and those who see it as the source of Spain's current socio-political bankruptcy. This book revisits the crucial period from 1962 to 1992, exposing the networks of art, media and power that drove the Transition and continue to underpin Spanish politics in the present. Drawing on rare archival materials and over three hundred interviews with politicians, artists, journalists and ordinary Spaniards, including former prime minister Felipe Gonzalez (1982-96), Following Franco unlocks the complex and often contradictory narratives surrounding the foundation of contemporary Spain.

    Reviews

    '[Wheeler's] book is a model of how to write cultural history in its refusal to put things into tidy boxes. In particular, it demonstrates how attention to popular culture allows the historian to prise out the complexity of cultural processes.'
    Jo Labanyi, Hispanic Research Journal

    'Wheeler has done a superb job in interpreting the complex process of the Spanish transition through the mirror of its cultural life, while also tackling class and gender issues.'
    Morning Star

    'The years of Spain's transition from dictatorship to democracy could hardly have been more tumultuous, with terrorism, military subversion and political chicanery in abundance. Duncan Wheeler's fascinating, utterly original and endlessly entertaining book is one of the best introductions imaginable to a story as murky as it is uplifting.'
    Sir Paul Preston, Director of Ca√Īada Blanch Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

    'Studies of 1960s, '70s, and '80s Spain usually focus on its entrenched dictatorship and compromise-ridden transition to democracy and rarely invoke the "swinging 60s", the "me decade" or the "decade of greed". Yet there was in Spain no shortage of swinging, egotism or getting rich in the streets and homes, in the bullfighting arenas and on the soccer fields, on the popular press' pages and the screens of increasingly affordable TV sets. In Following Franco, Duncan Wheeler takes the reader on a fun-driven journey through the media- and gossip-scapes of these transformative years. In this fascinating book, he leaves no cultural icon unturned and his trove of facts, large and small, crafts a picture of a country's culture that was, after all, quite similar to that of its neighbours.'
    Eugenia Afinoguénova, Professor of Spanish Language and Cultural History, Marquette University

    'Duncan Wheeler's excellent book offers a thorough study of post-Francoist Spain's cultural logics, from mass media to public policies, paying critical attention to celebrities as well as to art museums. It represents a savvy and well-researched panoramic account of a fascinating time.'
    Germán Labrador Méndez, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Princeton University

    'Following Franco takes the reader on an exciting journey through Spanish culture and politics that reaches back to Francoism and beyond: from the culture of the bull and bullfighters to the symbolic significance of Guernica, from Almodóvar to the Movida, from Olympic Barcelona to the centrifugal movements of Catalonia and the Basque Country, from the uses of censorship to the social role of television and the examples of musical counterculture. Duncan Wheeler gives an enriching and comprehensive account that allows us to understand the idiosyncrasies of contemporary Spain.'
    Manuel Palacio, Professor of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising, University Carlos III of Madrid

    'Wheeler has done a superb job in interpreting the complex process of the Spanish transition through the mirror of its cultural life, while also tackling class and gender issues within this whole process.'
    Morning Star

    Contents

    Introduction

    Part I: Celebrity
    Introduction
    1 Fandom and mass-culture in late-Francoist Spain: Manuel Benítez 'El Cordobés' and Raphael
    2 Aristocracy and generational change: The houses of Alba, Franco and Bourbon
    3 ¬°Hola! in the age of champagne socialism: Isabel Preysler, Miguel Boyer, Julio Iglesias, Francisco Rivera 'Paquirri' and Isabel Pantoja

    Part II: Censorship
    Introduction
    4 The regulation of cultural production during and after Manuel Fraga (1962-75)
    5 Key performance indicators: Democratisation and freedom of speech (1975-81)
    6 The regime of '81: Patronage and permissiveness

    Part III: Cities
    Introduction
    7 Urbanisation and development: Class, gender and race
    8 The Movida and the reinvention of Madrid
    9 An Olympic renaissance: The Barcelona model

    Part IV: Communities
    Introduction
    10 Culture as a democratic weapon: Pablo Picasso's Guernica
    11 The historical nationalities: Culture and community in the Basque Country, Catalonia and Galicia
    12 What qualifies as Spanish culture? The State, autonomous communities and the culture wars

    Conclusion

    Index

    Author

    Duncan Wheeler is Professor and Chair of Spanish Studies at the University of Leeds

    Following Franco

    By Duncan Wheeler

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