An Analysis of the Representation of Spanish Identity Evident in the Debate over Health Care for Immigrants

After almost forty years of oppression under Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, over the past few decades Spain has embraced redefinition under democratic rule.  Franco’s fascist ideology promoted extreme nationalism with the end goal of unity at the cost of tolerance for differing backgrounds and perspectives.  Recent political measures demonstrate Spain’s rejection of jingoistic and otherwise intolerant elements from its past in favor of an emphasis on civil rights and civil liberties for all peoples.  For example, in 2005 Spain legalized same-sex marriage despite its traditional reputation for upholding conservative, Catholic values.

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