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The Chilean population movement and the population of La Victoria: exemplarity, social movements and the right to the city



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The land capture of the population of La Victoria (Santiago, Chile) has been identified as the starting point for the Chilean population movement, as it brought the inhabitants into the scene and, in addition, anticipated a repertoire that would become widespread in the 1970s. La Victoria’s career is therefore an exemplary and privileged experience to analyse the development of the population movement itself, as well as the main theories that sought to understand it: the theory of marginality, the theory of urban social movements and the theory of new social movements. This article shows how the treatment of social sciences towards populators has varied between announcements of the novelty of the movement and its réquiem, comparing these theories with some categories of the theory of political opportunities and critical geography, and points out the need to rethink the population movement in the light of La Victoria’s experience.

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