Archaeology of repression and resistance during Francoist dictatorship


Structural and physical violence are common instruments used by dictatorial regimes in order to impose their hegemony and to gain legitimacy within local communities. At the same time, repression usually entails resistance from individuals and societies, which may be active or passive, physic or ideological. Both repression and resistance are materialized in landscapes and objects which can be analysed through Archaeology, telling stories not visible by other means. In this paper, we will discuss repression and resistance during the Francoist dictatorship in Spain (1939-1975) and their aftermaths in current society. Through the discussion of some case studies, including concentration camps, domestic architecture of the Spanish guerrilla and working class neighbourhoods, we will analyse the materiality of Francoist violence and repression in different periods within its evolution as polity and of the diverse ways societies used material culture as a means of resistance.

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Archaeology of repression and resistance during Francoist dictatorship. Xurxo Ayán, Carlos Tejerizo, Josu Santamarina, José Señorán. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435502)

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min long: -18.003; min lat: 27.731 ; max long: 4.276; max lat: 43.764 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 602