Category Archives: Chile

Free Education! The Chilean Student Movement – Reform or Revolution?

This paper provides a report on the Chilean student movement, 2011 – 2014, from the perspective of the students themselves, based on the main research question: are the student protests for reform or revolution? The analytical framework is made up … Continue reading

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Emociones y Lenguaje en Educación y Política

Humberto Maturana. Me han pedido responder a una pregunta: ¿la educación actual sirve a Chile y a su juventud?, y en caso de respuesta afirmativa, ¿para qué o para quién? Al mismo tiempo, me han pedido que considere esto desde … Continue reading

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From the Struggle for Education to the Transformation of Society

We are three voices at a public university in northern Chile. This essay is about how social science takes into account or ignore the current political tension produced by social movements against neoliberalism . We have three stories – student … Continue reading

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The Winter Chilean Students Said, Enough!

In sum, what was different and more important about this third cycle of student protests in democratic Chile? With respect to differences, university students consolidated an autonomous identity unconnected to political parties and developed a strong mobilization resource base. Innovative … Continue reading

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Human Rights Commission denounces Chilean Carabineros for ‘disproportionate use of force’

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has denounced Chile’s Carabineros over the “disproportionate” repression of student protesters, which in some cases it described as “incompatible” with a functioning democracy. Carabineros are accused of violently dispersing protests that have been … Continue reading

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The Chilean Winter, Student Revolt

Originally baptised as the Chilean Winter, the student movement in Chile has demonstrated that it is far from being the consequence of a seasonal emancipating spirit. After four months of continuous and massive protests for the establishment of a fair … Continue reading

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El movimiento estudiantil y los cambios

Más allá de los resultados que obtenga el movimiento estudiantil, los cambios ya están aquí y vinieron para quedarse. En pocos meses ha hecho un rápido aprendizaje, se sabe dónde poner la fuerza porque ha identificado la médula de las … Continue reading

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Chile’s discontents: The dam breaks

After two decades of strong economic growth, social progress and enviable political stability, Chile has suddenly started behaving in a manner more akin to some of its neighbours. The past two months have seen huge protest marches by students, in … Continue reading

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Camila Vallejo – Latin America’s 23-year-old new revolutionary folk hero

Chile has been engulfed by student protests – and their young leader has huge public support in her fight against the elite.  Camila Vallejo, an eloquent and attractive young woman who exudes self-confidence and style, took the violence in her … Continue reading

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Chilean girls stage ‘occupation’ of their own school in education rights protest

For five months, girls demanding free university education for all have defied police to occupy their state school. Sleeping on a tiled classroom floor, sharing cigarettes and always on the lookout for police raids, the students of Carmela Carvajal primary … Continue reading

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