Traditional festivals offered a potent resource for Catalonia's transition to democracy in the late 1970s.
Traditional festivals offered a potent resource for Catalonia's transition to democracy in the late 1970s. They shared flexible repertoires and mediated ideological difference to facilitate collective action. Festes as well as other collective/public forms of action (demonstrations, rallies and public protests, referenda…) have proliferated since, and the recent Catalan independence movement recruited them again to mobilize public opinion. This time, however, instead of vitalizing convivència, these public rituals and performances have contributed to a misrecognition and a polarization of the wider political environment and debate. What happened?
Alessandro Testa is a researcher and lecturer at the Department of European Ethnology, University of Vienna, and currently a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague.