Introduction to the Special Issue
At the turn of the 20th Century, a surprising series of events occurred in Spain, including the loss of its overseas colonies, which sent the country into a state of confusion and provoked strong political tensions within. Simultaneously its cultural scene developed a fascinating degree of momentum. Spain became the cradle of some of the world’s foremost painters, poets, writers, and intellectuals, including the Catalan pedagogue Ferrer i Guàrdia (1859-1909), who became a world figure with his educational project, the Modern School.
For the more than 20,000 working-class women who participated in the Free Women movement in Spain, women’s sexuality was a key topic in both their process of empowerment and their claims and activities. The objective of this paper is to explore the ways in which this movement helped improve the personal lives of women in that period, and to analyze how it contributed to sexual education and encouraged other women to have sexual and affective relationships free of violence.
The article analyzes the democratic organization of the Adult School of La Verneda-Sant Martí in Barcelona, Spain. The school is relevant at the international level because of its trajectory and its contributions to the transformative movement in democratic education.
This article studies the origins of democratic adult education in Spain by examining historical educational experiences such as the libertarian movement and the influences of social and educational theories, including Paulo Freire’s work.