Urban Segregation, Game Arcades & Codified Porn: Representations of Youth in Madrid (1980-1995) Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2016

start page

  • 189

end page

  • 205


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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2050-9790

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2050-9804


  • This article studies how Spanish film depicts the everyday life of youth from the beginnings of democracy to the mid-1990s. I start off with youth-centred films from the early 1980s that captured previously censored occurrences of everyday living, displaying a commitment to the representation of social reality. I then move on to cinematic works stemming from a post-1992 ideological 'present-centredness'. First, I focus on the relationship between subject and urban environment since it is one of the key representational strategies in portraying the unprecedented transformations in Spanish society during this time period. Second, I analyse the emergence of audio-visual forms of consumption and how they relate to the leisurely practices of youths as they navigate the cityscape. Finally, I explore how young people interact with the early 1990s scenario and the kind of behaviours that define their engagement with the social. This analysis demonstrates how films encounter an unfolding social real, codifying it in a variety of ways, becoming thus active recording devices of the prac-tices of the everyday.


  • 1992; spanish film; spanish society; transition; audio-visual technologies; cityscape; urban; youth