Date of Award

Spring 2014

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Hispanic Studies and Economics

First Advisor

Thomas Harrington

Second Advisor

Ramsey Tracy

Abstract

The phenomenon of postmodern society includes increased importance on consumerist culture and capitalist behavior. During the end of the twentieth century, economic prosperity reinforced this notion throughout Spain’s large cities. Following the demise of the Spanish financial and banking industries in 2010, society began to voice negative opinions surrounding consumer culture and the dependence on spending money to spur economic growth. High unemployment and increased debt levels yielded protesting art performances, politically charged editorials and various studies regarding a newly discovered “shopping addiction” disease. This social and political outrage conveyed through an assortment of cultural expressions surrounding an economic issue display collectivism and activism as part of the phenomenon of postmodern society as well.

Comments

Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies and Economics.