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Contemporary Spain reflects broader patterns of globalization and has been the site of tensions between nationalists and immigrants. This case study examines a rural town in Spain’s Andalucía in order to shed light on the workings of coexistence. The town of Órgiva’s diverse population includes hippies from across Europe, European converts to Sufi Islam, and immigrants from North Africa. Christina Civantos combines the analysis of written and visual cultural texts with oral narratives from residents. In this book, we see that although written and especially televisual narratives about the town highlight tolerance and multiculturalism, they mask tensions and power differentials. Toleration is an ongoing negotiation, and this book shows us how we can identify the points of contact that create robust, respect-based tolerance.

“This is a book that is both a personal account and a rigorous academic study. It is a model for the kind of engaged humanistic work we are now beginning to see as a hallmark of the post-theory moment, and one that remembers the hard lessons of ethnographic fieldwork as well as the challenging foundational work from philosophically-tinged theory.” —Debra A. Castillo, Cornell University

“Filled with rich descriptions and interwoven personal anecdotes of both Civantos and her interlocuters that complement scholarly analysis.” —Jessica R. Boll, Carroll University

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Dedication
  2. p. ix
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface: My Family Narrative
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. 1 Introduction
  2. pp. 1-30
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  1. 2 Tolerance, Power, and Civilizational Discourses
  2. pp. 31-44
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  1. 3 Written Narratives about the Alpujarra and Órgiva
  2. pp. 45-80
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  1. 4 21st-Century Televisual Narratives about Órgiva
  2. pp. 81-112
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  1. 5 Oral Narratives about Órgiva
  2. pp. 113-180
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  1. 6 Bridges between Parallel Worlds: The Creation of Shared Narratives Via Estrangement
  2. pp. 181-204
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  1. 7 Conclusions: Accepting Estrangement, Building Bridges, and Two-Way Tolerance
  2. pp. 205-213
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 215-228
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 229-242
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