Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-xii

When it comes to acknowledgments, academic practice privileges the professional over the personal, the public over the private. Given my approach in this book, I have to throw such a problematic convention on its head. Christina Kelly has been with me through all of the twists and turns...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-20

Perhaps i was overstepping my bounds. It was obvious that Roberto and Carmen—two of my long-term acquaintances in Villa Topocalma, a low-income neighborhood on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile—could use the forty thousand pesos (about US $750) I was thinking of giving them...

Part One: Unsettled Foundations

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1. The Urban Politics of Propriety through Revolution and Reaction

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pp. 23-39

Chile has long held a potent international symbolism, despite its relatively small size and distance from the centers of global power. The country’s political trajectory, especially in the post–World War II era, has made it stand out as a beacon for visions of development that have driven...

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2. Property, Governance, and the City: A Longue Durée Perspective

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pp. 40-68

While the connection between property and propriety extends into basic practices and expectations—such as the everyday making of a private, domestic sphere—it also operates in particular ways within the public domains of state formation and citizenship. This chapter untangles...

Part Two: Insurgent Ownership

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3. A Place in the State: Housing Activism and the Seizure of Land, May Day, 1969

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pp. 71-100

An unrealized, if expected, state of being can provide motivation for action. For many low-income residents in Santiago during the late 1960s, expectations of what home life should be fueled collective struggle, as many did not consider their individual living conditions to be in accord with...

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4. Specters in the Revolution: Dilemmas of Home during the Chilean Path to Socialism

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pp. 101-132

In his memoir, Ariel Dorfman, a cultural critic and prolific writer who held posts in the Popular Unity (UP) government, describes the exhilaration and release he felt while participating in the massive demonstrations that became common in the central streets of Santiago during Allende’s presidency...

Part Three: Reactionary Turns

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5. Locating States of Emergency: The Politics of “Normalization” after the Military Coup

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pp. 135-163

For many Chileans, the military coup of September 11, 1973, initiated a searing break with the past, tearing asunder the sanctity of private life, respect for individual rights, and social solidarities. Many pobladores who lived in neighborhoods established with the sponsorship of the Left felt this...

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6. Aesthetics of Order: Forging Spaces of Distinction amid Neoliberal Expansion

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pp. 164-190

In January 1979, the chief of the presidential staff, “on instructions from the señor Presidente de la República,” General Augusto Pinochet, sent a memorandum to the minister of housing and urbanism. The president, the chief wrote, wanted to improve the “environmental and aesthetic quality” of...

Part Four: Domesticated Peripheries

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7. Containing Protest in the Transition to Democracy

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pp. 193-218

In late 1981 the rapid economic growth of the preceding four years quickly lost steam. The subsequent depression was even more devastating than the contraction of the mid-1970s. In certain fundamental ways, the harshness of the downturn exposed the dilemmas and contradictions of...

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8. Fractures of Home and Nation: Property Titling after the Dictatorship

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pp. 219-241

It was a grey, cool day in early winter. It was threatening to rain but it had held off—fortunately, as it was moving day for the residents of the campamento. After more than six years of organizing and many false starts, these pobladores had finally become beneficiaries of MINVU’s latest “eradication"...

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9. The Indignities of Home in the Margins of Modern Urban Life

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pp. 242-263

For many of the pobladores with whom I worked on this study, the question of dignity complicates their reflections on the trajectory of their neighborhoods. This question makes the connection between the past and the present a troubled one. This is especially the case for those who took...

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Conclusion

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pp. 264-272

Any reader of this book, I suspect, has a strong point of view on the processes of reform, revolution, and reaction that pobladores have been embroiled within as they have struggled to gain a right to housing since the 1950s. Internationally, Chile stands as a poignant example of some of the...

Notes

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pp. 273-304

Glossary and Acronyms

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pp. 305-306

References

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pp. 307-334

Index

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pp. 335-343

Back Cover

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