Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Catalan election: Looming independence or little change in Spain?

“Nationalist-minded Spaniards adore Plaza Colon in central Madrid, though others might be tempted to describe it as indecently huge or even wildly unsubtle.

The Madrid-centrism of Franco’s military dictatorship, when regional languages and culture were banned and their prominent human defenders imprisoned or murdered, still divides Spain, 40 years after his death.

Just how polarised society can be was clear from the headlines in the bestselling Spanish papers following Catalonia’s regional elections.”

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