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ALAMINOS-CHICA, Antonio  and  PENALVA-VERDU, Clemente. Visions of the Spanish Revolution: identities and conflicts in post-welfare societies. Convergencia [online]. 2016, vol.23, n.70, pp.13-33. ISSN 2448-5799.

This is a case study that analyzes photographic documents of the social protest in Spain between 2011 and 2013. The analysis is qualitative and considers the use of space, the visual expression of the messages and the orientation toward the causes or effects of political, economic and social changes. Visual sociology allows us to appreciate, in the case of the Spanish Revolution, a dynamic of "reflexivity" unrecognizable from other research approaches.

Two successive waves of social mobilization in response to two different shocks can be appreciated. The first is given by political corruption, unemployment and the threat to consumer society. The second shock is caused by the savage cuts in the Welfare State. Social mobilization is expressed differently in each phase, and the forms taken by the protests show how the class structure in post industrial society shapes the reactions to the crisis of the Welfare State.

Keywords : social movements; Spanish Revolution; visual sociology; social structure; welfare crisis.

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