Symbolic and Political Representation: The Meeting as a "mise en scène" of the Electoral Link

Cruces, Francisco y Díaz de Rada, Ángel (1996). Symbolic and Political Representation: The Meeting as a "mise en scène" of the Electoral Link. En Political Ritual (pp. 94-206) Gothenburg: Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (IASSA).

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Título del capítulo Symbolic and Political Representation: The Meeting as a "mise en scène" of the Electoral Link
Autor(es) Cruces, Francisco
Díaz de Rada, Ángel
Título del libro Political Ritual
Materia(s) Antropología
Abstract This paper is about the public expression of the political link in democracy. More particularly, it is about electoral meetings' ritual aspects which elaborate that link. We shall focus on three events conducted by the main political parties in Spain, in the municipality of Leganés. Leganés is one of the settlements which constitute the suburban belt of Madrid. Its population is approximately 200,000. We carried out a three-year study there on social change and political attitudes. As part of it, we observed both local and general elections, in 1991 and 1993. Using the analysis of these meetings, we will set the problem of election in the wider context of political representation. We will elaborate on two arguments, one of which is very general. Political representation, in the modern sense of the term as parliamentary delegation, presumes some kind of link between the electors and their representatives. Such a link is given form, visibility and credibility through the expressivity imparted by devices that are representational—though here, the sense intended is rather the symbolic and figurative one. Electoral campaigns undeniably play a major part in that expressivity. Secondly, we will point out the paradoxes which arise from the modern autonomizatíon of the political field in relation to social life. In cultural terms, autonomization means that the local forms of culture are subordinated, through the exercise of political power, to the universalist and rationalist logic imposed from institutions. But, in terms of its manifestations in public, the political link always maintains a parasitic relationship with the world of everyday life. From it, it borrows its expressive nourishment, its images of community, and its sources of legitimacy. We are dealing with a modern form of communication that has been rationalized, and the purpose of which is strategic. From the point of view just advocated, having regard to this subordination, what stands out is not necessarily just its discontinuities with other expressive forms, ritual or traditional; it also exhibits family resemblances to, hybridizations and complicities with, and reappropriations from, those expressive forms.
Página inicial 94
Página final 206
Editor(es) Gothenburg: Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (IASSA)
Fecha 1996
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Identificador bibliuned:500383-Libros-Diaz-0008
ISBN - identifier 91-630--4202-9
Idioma eng
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