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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Bones of Contention: The Secularization of Cemeteries and Funerals in the Spanish Second Republic
Author(s): Kerry, Matthew
Contact Email: matthew.kerry@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: cemeteries
culture wars
Second Republic
secularization
Spain
Issue Date: Jan-2019
Citation: Kerry M (2019) The Bones of Contention: The Secularization of Cemeteries and Funerals in the Spanish Second Republic. European History Quarterly, 49 (1), pp. 73-95. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265691418817466
Abstract: The secularizing efforts of the Spanish Second Republic met fierce resistance from Catholics and the Church. Local authorities spearheaded secularization in an unclear legal context, yet they also attempted to mediate between different demands, while protecting Catholic sentiment and respecting property rights. Cemeteries and funeral processions were a key battleground in a ‘culture war’ which straddles the nineteenth-century preoccupation with the role of religion in the lives of Spanish citizens and the intensity of interwar conflict, the bitter struggles to occupy public space, and the mobilization of antagonistic conceptualizations of the ‘people’.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0265691418817466
Rights: Kerry, Matthew (2019). The Bones of Contention: The Secularisation of Cemeteries and Funerals in the Spanish Second Republic. European History Quarterly 49(1): 73-95. Copyright 2018 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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