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Abstract

In contrast to the tendency by nearly everyone – scholars, journalists, and politicians – to associate Madrid with a kind of vague national identity or a monolithic Spanishness, this article makes the case for a more complex reality in the capital between 1979 and 1990. Specifically, it presents evidence from sociological surveys in order to show the development of a new regional identity in Madrid. This is not to say regionalism simply replaced national identity, or any other pre-existing form of affiliation in the capital. Instead, regionalism became one axis of a multiple set of overlapping identities after the transition to democracy.

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