The Movida and the reinvention of Madrid
in Following Franco
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The cultural competition between Madrid and Barcelona often appears to be in perpetual extra time, one side grabbing the advantage only for the other to equalise and subsequently take the lead. This chapter shows how and why Madrid, the dictatorial city par excellence, was able to reinvent itself during the Transition through the drug-fuelled youth movement known as the Movida. The purported apoliticism of La Movida is critically interrogated, as is the extent to which progressive politicians such as City Mayor Enrique Tierno Galván and President Felipe González can be held responsible for rising levels of crime, unemployment and drug use.

Following Franco

Spanish culture and politics in transition, 1962–92


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