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Revista de humanidades de Valparaíso

Print version ISSN 0719-4234On-line version ISSN 0719-4242

Abstract

PAREDES P., Juan Pablo. The “Plaza de la Dignidad” as a Scene of Protest. The Cultural Dimension in understanding the Chilean October Event. Rev. humanid. Valpso. [online]. 2021, n.17, pp.27-52.  Epub Aug 01, 2021. ISSN 0719-4234.  http://dx.doi.org/10.22370/rhv2021iss17pp27-52.

How did cultural factors participate in the event of October in Chile? How were these factors related to each other? What implications did they have for collective action and social life? The purpose of the article is to carry out a cultural reading of the October event. To do this, a dialogue is proposed between cultural sociology and cultural studies, applied to the October protest movement, resorting to interpretive research tools. The appropriation of Plaza Italia, in Santiago, by the protesters, is used in an illustrative way to highlight the cultural elements and their interactions. Among the findings, the production of meaning based on motifs and frames stands out, the production of its own symbolism and iconography and the deployment of performances that allow defining the Plaza itself as an artifact of protest. Then certain scopes of the above for civil society are discussed. It concludes with a projection of the work and a brief reflection on the relationship between social sciences and humanities to deploy an interpretive strategy of empirical research.

Keywords : Public Demonstration; Civil Society; Cultural Studies; Cultural Sociology; Social Meanings.

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