The New Spaniards Second Edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/8/2006
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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A masterly portrait of contemporary Spain—fully revised, expanded, and updated Modern-day Spain is a country changing at bewildering speed. In less than half a century, a predominantly rural society has been transformed into a mainly urban one. A dictatorship has become a democracy. A once-repressed society is being spoken of as a future Sweden of the Mediterranean.” John Hooper’s outstanding portrayal of the new Spanish society explores the causes behind these changes, from crime to education, gambling to changing sexual mores. This new, up-to-date edition is the essential guide to understanding twenty-first-century Spain: a land of paradox, progress, and social change.

Author Biography

John Hooper is a journalist whose experience as a foreign correspondent spans more than twenty-five years. He is currently the Rome correspondent for the Economist and the Guardian.

Table of Contents

Introduction : the change in Spainp. 1
The making of a new Spain
From hunger to prosperityp. 11
From dictatorship to democracyp. 26
The centre falls apartp. 35
Socialist Spainp. 46
Not-so-socialist Spainp. 53
Conservative Spainp. 69
Legacies, memories and phantomsp. 80
Private domains
Belief and the church : emptying pewsp. 91
Sex : from Francoist prudery to gay marriagesp. 108
Men and women : machismo meltdownp. 123
Family values and home truthsp. 134
Living on the edgep. 145
King and country
An engaging monarchyp. 163
The army : back in stepp. 187
The state : more tax, but less red tapep. 202
A fissile state
Centrifugal forcesp. 217
The Basquesp. 231
The Catalansp. 252
The Galiciansp. 265
Autonomy in actionp. 273
A changing society
New arrivals and old prejudicesp. 285
Welfare : the Spanish exceptionp. 295
Education : more aspiration than achievementp. 308
Housing : through the roofp. 319
Law and disorderp. 332
New perspectives
The press : more influence than readersp. 349
New waves : TV and radiop. 362
A cultural revolutionp. 377
Arts and artists : no limitsp. 397
Changing traditions : flamenco and bullfightingp. 410
The new Spaniardsp. 427
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