"Biculturalism and Spanish in Contact: Sociolinguistic Case Studies provides an original and modern analysis of the development of Spanish and its contact with other languages using a sociolinguistic framework from both synchronic and diachronic angles. Split into three sections, (i) Border speech communities, (ii) Outcomes and perceptions in situations of language and dialect contact and (iii) Contact and alternation: social boundaries of language switching, this collection offers new perspectives in the field of language contact and change. Each chapter presents an original study detailing the social factors that have shaped contact varieties of Spanish, providing principal arguments and theories about language use, contact, and change, as well as guided topics for discussion. With its wide scope, this book is a landmark in language interaction processes and studies, and will be a valuable reference for educators, scholars, language professionals and students with an interest in the vitality of the Spanish language in contact with other languages"--
"This volume brings into a common context three representative sources which focus on monetary problems in 17th century Spain. Each source approaches the consequences of coin debasement from a different angle, which allows an enhanced overall view of the magnitude of a problem that affected the whole of the social spectrum in the Spanish Kingdom of Castile for most of the 17th century. In addition to considerations derived from observing monetary phenomena, these sources shed light on other aspects of early modern Castilian society. The perceptions held by their authors are valuable not only from the point of view of monetary history, but from that of social history and historical anthropology."--Back cover
"This fully revised and updated 3rd edition reflects the considerable changes in Spain over the last decade as the country celebrates 40 years of its constitution. The author gives fresh insight into the formal and informal workings of this dynamic southern European democracy. Thoroughly examining Spains historical background, political culture, core political institutions and foreign policy-making, each chapter provides a research-based overview of the studied topic which can then be used as the basis for further research by students. Key themes of the book include:A thorough overview of contemporary Spanish politics, especially the governments of Zapatero and Rajoy;Spains political culture and institutional framework;The Spanish economy, and the consequences of the economic and sovereign debt crisis;Foreign policy making; the reaction to the global anti-terrorist coalition and the Madrid bombings;Policy making process and the system of interest intermediation;Party system and electoral process;The dynamics of regional/territorial politics and the Basque, Catalan and Galician nationalisms, particularly the quest for Catalan independence;External relations with the European Union, the Mediterranean and Latin America;Constitutional Reform;Immigration.Richly illustrated with maps and presenting large amounts of statistical and quantitative data, this book is an indispensable source of information for students, academics and the wider public interested in Spanish politics."--Provided by publisher.