Andalusia: History, Society and Diversity


Eva Bermúdez-Figueroa and Beltran Roca (Editors)
University of Cádiz, Jerez, Spain

Series: Dialogues among Civilizations and Cultures
BISAC: HIS045000

This book, edited by Eva Bermúdez-Figueroa and Beltrán Roca, explores different dimensions of Andalusian society. Despite the plurality of topics and approaches, a common thread connects all the chapters. Andalusian culture, in its multiple manifestations, is clearly shaped by its semi-peripheral position within Spain, the European Union, and the world-system. The semi-peripheral position of Andalusia manifests in religiosity, migration, collective action, poverty, social policy, and economic activities such as fishing and tourism, among others. While some of these manifestations can be understood as forms of resistance to situations of oppression derived from economic and sociopolitical dependency, they tend to reproduce this dependency at the same time. This is why Andalusian culture is extremely ambiguous, inconsistent, and complex (especially for a foreign observer).

The book includes several studies on different aspects of the Andalusian reality. The authors belong to different scientific disciplines, in particular to sociology, social and cultural anthropology, social work, and economics. In addition, they work in different academic institutions: The University of Seville, the University of Cádiz, the University Pablo de Olavide, and the Autonomous University of Madrid. This book has been divided into three parts; they have been titled as History, Society, and Diversity. Each section consists of three chapters. These sections were selected because the chapters in them focus on different dimensions of the reality of Andalusia: Its historical backgrounds, critical current dynamics of its social reality, and the presence of a growing cultural diversity as a destination for international migration (a tendency especially meaningful since the beginning of the 21st century). The reader must be warned that some chapters could fit into other sections—for example, addressing historical insights and cultural trends at the same time. However, they have been organized with the aim of facilitating an international audience’s understanding of the main features and complexities of the Andalusian culture.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Hidden Role of Women in the Workers’ Movement in Andalusia (1967-2000)
(Eva Bermúdez Figueroa, Department of General Economics, Area of Sociology, University of Cádiz, Jerez, Spain)

Chapter 2. What It Takes to Be the Captain of a Tuna Trap: Practice, Knowledge, and Skills for the Sustainability of an Age-Old Mode of Fishing
(David Florido del Corral, Faculty of Geography and History, University of Seville, Seville, Spain)

Chapter 3. Cultural Heritage Protection in Andalusia: An Historical Review
(Javier Sanchez-Rivas, Beatriz Palaces-Florencio and Maria P. Pablo-Romero, Department of Economic Analysis and Political Economy, University of Seville, Spain, and others)

Chapter 4. Identification of Social Exclusion: Analysis of the Policies for Inclusion in Andalusia
(Irene María López-García, Labor Law, UCA, Cádiz, España)

Chapter 5. Thirty Years of Social Policy in Andalusia
(Francisco Estepa-Maestre, Department of General Economics, University of Cádiz, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain)

Chapter 6. Urban Social Struggles in Andalusia: Approaches to the Politicization of Our Daily Lives
(Ariana Sánchez Cota, Óscar Salguero Montaño, Esther García García and Juan Rodríguez Medela, Grupo de Estudios Antropológicos La Corrala, Granada)

Chapter 7. Cultural Diversity: Problem or Solution? Migration, Rights and Cultures in Andalusia in the Age of Globalisation
(Emma Martín-Díaz, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain)

Chapter 8. Migrant Women and Human Trafficking for Purposes of Sexual Exploitation on Europe’s Southern Frontier: A Proposal for Methodology in Action Research
(Inmaculada Antolínez Domínguez and Esperanza Jorge Barbuzano, Social Anthropology, Basic Psicology and Public Health Department, Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain, and others)

Chapter 9. The Exclusion of the Black Population in the Present (and Future?) History of Andalusia
(Susana Moreno-Maestro, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain)

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