The Media Protest of Neighbouring Associations, Promoter of Citizen Democratic Culture during Transition in Southern Spain

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The Media Protest of Neighbouring Associations, Promoter of Citizen Democratic Culture during Transition in Southern Spain


  • Sandra Méndez-Muros Department of Journalism II, University of Seville, Spain


Abstract  In the current context of placing value on the neighbouring movement within the Spanish democratic Transition, we set out to confirm that the press actively participates in the growing conjunction of neighbouring issues with political content and contributes to the idea that this movement becomes a parameter of the democratic culture for the citizen during Transition. Since the conflict is newsworthy, we conduct a micro-social study of the neighbouring protest in the newspaper El Correo de Andalucía, published in the southern Spanish city of Seville. Through analysis of content, we study the informative flow and the repertoire of protest following a typology that distinguishes four formats (demonstrations, strikes, speeches and associations) divided into two levels of conflict. The analysis sample consists of 33 texts published between November 1975 (Franco’s death and the accession to the throne of Juan Carlos I) and June 1977 (the first democratic general elections). The main conclusion reveals that the newspaper becomes a platform that gives visibility to the neighbouring movement, normalising behaviours and procedure rules through the protest.


Keywords  civil society; democratic culture; local press; media; media history; neighbouring movement; Spanish Transition


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Publication Date   9 February 2018


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/mac.v6i1.1195


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