Lost in the Long Transition

Lost in the Long Transition : Struggles for Social Justice in Neoliberal Chile

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Presenting case studies by anthropologists, historians, political scientists, and environmental specialists,Lost in the Long Transition critically examines the impact of neoliberal economic and social policies at the local level in post-dictatorship Chile. Topics include privatization of water rights, tuberculosis and public health crises, the role of labor unions, industrial salmon farming, natural resource conservation, the political ecology of copper, struggles for affordable housing, homelessness and citizenship rights, and gender identity issues in the experiences of returned exiles.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 20mm | 358.34g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073911865X
  • 9780739118658
  • 2,253,919

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Enduring Contradictions of the Neoliberal State in Chile Part 2 Part I. Private Interests and the Public Good Chapter 3 Chapter 2. The 1981 Water Code: The Impacts of Private Tradable Water Rights on Peasant and Indigenous Communities in Northern Chile Chapter 4 Chapter 3. Intersections or Fault Lines? Chile's Free National Tuberculosis Treatment Program Within a Privatizing Health System Chapter 5 Chapter 4. Confronting Global Corporations: The Strike in Minera Escondida and Workers' Struggles in Contemporary Chile Chapter 6 Chapter 5. Globalization Hits El Trauco: The Archipelago of Chiloe in the Era of Neoliberalism Chapter 7 Chapter 6. Purchasing Patagonia: The Contradictions of Conservation in Free Market Chile Part 8 Part II. In Place, At Issue: Identity, Community, Consciousness Chapter 9 Chapter 7. Cultural History "Written in the Margins": Political Ecology of Copper and Community in the "Little North" Chapter 10 Chapter 8. Builders of the City: Pobladores and the Territorialization of Class Identity in Chile Chapter 11 Chapter 9. The Politics of Street Children in Chile Chapter 12 Chapter 10. Repatriating Women: Navigating the Way "Home" in Neoliberal Chile
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Review quote

This book... generally adopts a narrative style and approach more attuned to the moment of its production, when opposition to neoliberalism was muted. But it is a testament to the book's quality that it develops insights of paramount importance for understanding present dynamics and discontent. In the introduction, Alexander provides a synthetic and accessible overview of neoliberalism's Chilean trajectory. He highlights how ongoing legacies from the dictatorship and the continued application of pro-free market policies belied efforts by the presidencies of the Center-Left from 1990 to 2010 to complete a transition to democracy and produce 'growth with equity.' Alexander insightfully organizes the volume into two sections: 'Private Interests and the Public Good' and 'In Place, At Issue.' These titles encapsulate core themes and point to basic tensions in contemporary Chile. ... Clearly, as the contributors to this volume demonstrate, neoliberalism is of primary importance in understanding the contemporary context. The essays drawn together here go a long way in furthering our understanding of neoliberalism's reach and its present contradictions in Chile. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology
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About William L. Alexander

William L. Alexander is assistant professor of cultural anthropology at University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Resiliency in Hostile Environments: A Comunidad Agricola in Chile's Norte Chico.
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