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GARCES H, Alejandro. LOCATIONS FOR A SPATIALITY: TERRITORIES OF PERUVIAN MIGRATION IN SANTIAGO, CHILE. Chungará (Arica) [online]. 2012, vol.44, n.1, pp. 163-175. ISSN 0717-7356. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-73562012000100012.
This paper discusses the changes in urban space in Santiago, Chile caused by the substantial increase in Peruvian migration in the last 15 years. Using an ethnographic approach - with migrants' life stories, and observations of uses or appropriations of some urban areas- it was possible to see how Peruvian migrants have given shape to multifunctional loci which constitute resources for new migrant communities. These loci permit access to key information for economic reproduction, construction of spatial memory, and a source of meaning for a new territoriality. The economic formations of Peruvian migration and various practices of assembly, association or agglomeration in public places, makes visible a different construction of urban space. These novel urban forms result from the application of different principles of spatial landscapes. Some of these principles are physically confined, restricted to the borders of a neighborhood or a street or a shop, but others are virtual and constructed or described by the intense movements and displacements that characterize transnational migration flows.
Palabras clave : Peruvian migration; urban space; public space; transnationalism; ethnic business; special landscapes.