Resisting urban renewal in Barcelona’s periphery
resisting urban renewal in
In search for the potentialities of emancipatory commoning, a lot
is to be learned by studying practices of cohabitation in housing
complexes. We know that in most cases people are forced to live
together under conditions that they never chose merely because
they don’t have other options. Neighborhoods of so-called affordable housing programs or social housing complexes more often
than not become stigmatized areas for the urban poor
Best friends Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett
Johansson), on holiday from West-Coast USA, meet artist Juan Antonio
(Javier Bardem) in Barcelona. Although Vicky is engaged to Doug (Chris
Messina), the two girls agree to spend a weekend away with Juan Antonio.
Cristina eventually moves in with Juan Antonio, who later confesses his
continuing love for his ex-wife María
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 300 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.
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open, to individuals such as Cédric Herrou – and their supporters. 24 But it also comprises local politicians – in places as diverse as Barcelona ( Augustín and Jørgensen, 2019 ) and Rottenburg – who are convinced that their communities ought to be able to practice hospitality irrespective of quotas for the number of asylum seekers assigned to local communities and irrespective of federal or state laws that determine whether or not an undocumented migrant is entitled to receive free medical care.
There is nothing new about the bordering of Europe and its human
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Immigration is relatively new in Spain, and hence government policies are struggling to manage the diversity it entails. This book examines the social conditions and political questions surrounding Spanish diversity, and gives a comprehensive view on how Spain is orienting its diversity management following a practical approach. It also examines specific immigrant nationalities, current institutional practices and normative challenges on how Spain is managing diversity. The mosque debate and the effects of the Danish Cartoon Affair on the traditional moros and cristianos festivals are explored. The book addresses the context of educational challenges related to immigration, and the policy approaches to the management of immigration-related diversity in education. It discusses policies and practices to combat discrimination in the labour market, with special reference to the transposition and implementation of the EU anti-discrimination directives. The book looks at political participation and representation of immigrants by describing the public debate on voting rights, the legal framework and the various debates about the possibilities for granting immigrants voting rights. This is done through an analysis of the Foro para la Integracion de los Inmigrantes (FII), and the main characteristics of the management of immigrant associations by the City Councils of Madrid and Barcelona. The book concludes that Spain is a laboratory for diversities, with a 'practical philosophy' of diversity management within a complex identitarian, historical and structural context that limits policy innovation and institutional change.
The 1641 rebellion is one of the seminal events in early modern Irish and British history. The 1641 'massacres', like the battles at the Boyne (1690) and Somme (1916), played a key role in creating and sustaining a collective Protestant/ British identity in Ulster, in much the same way that the subsequent Cromwellian conquest in the 1650s helped forge a new Irish Catholic national identity. This book illustrates the role that cartography and geography can play in understanding and contextualising the 1641 rising/rebellion. During the Irish wars of the 1590s, printed news on the continent about developments in Ireland emanated from the Roman press of Bernandino Beccari. Barcelona publications indicate a strong interest in Irish events at a time ironically when Irish regiments in the service of Spain were heavily involved in the attempted suppression of their revolt. The book also answers few questions with reference to the survivors of the sacks of the Dutch Revolt. The history of sectarian conflict in the French wars of religion has focused more on the targets of violence, animate and inanimate, than on its vocal manifestations. The Irish exiles in the Spanish Monarchy were extremely active in the years prior to 1641. Connecting the Hispanic dimension of events in 1641 and the birth of an Irish 'Black Legend' comparable to the classical 'Spanish Black Legend' required the reflection on the meaning of violence.
In the manner of the proverbial hare and tortoise, Barcelona was slow to harness the potential of the post-Franco explosion of creativity, but eventually overtook Madrid in the race to become the cultural capital of Spain. The catalyst for this transformation was hosting the Olympic Games, which, initially at least, appeared to constitute a more sustainable cultural revolution than the Movida for four interrelated reasons: (1) the understanding of heroin addiction as a social problem rather than collateral damage; (2) a greater collaboration
Following the loss of Spanish colonies in 1898, economic prowess and a consolidated bourgeoisie served to convince many Catalans they were being held back by an ineffectual centralist bureaucracy. Barcelona’s mercantile trade ensured the city had a class structure and social hierarchies often more legible, although not necessarily familiar, to non-Spaniards than Madrid. As registered in Homage to Catalonia , George Orwell was overcome by his initial impressions: it ‘was the first time that I had ever been in a town where the working class was
The Mediterranean movida and the passing away of Francoist Barcelona
Ocaña is both a documentary and a cinematic
essay on the artist José Ocaña, who became a well-known
figure in bohemian circles in Barcelona in the 1970s. The backbone of
the film is a long interview in which he gives both an account of his
life and provides a fascinating discussion on identity and society.
Ocaña talks mostly about himself and shows a strong awareness of