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Pacific Lutheran University

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Fall 2012

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Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development


The Chilean student movement, intermittently present in Chile since the beginning of the 20th Through the conduction of personal interviews, utilization of student proposals for a new system of education, occupation of the concepts of social movements of Alain Touraine and concepts of student movements of Manuel Garretón, revision of current news sources, and participant observation, this investigation concludes the dynamic between the ACES and the CONES to be an antagonistic one characteristic of two social actors in competition over control of the definition of the same social resource, a new education system for Chile. It then identifies this antagonism as a cause of the current deceleration of the student movement in 2012. century, reached a new magnitude in 2011 with millions of university and high school students mobilizing through marches, occupations, strikes and creative protests for a free, quality, public education for all Chileans. The protagonists of the movement in 2012, however, were leaders and organizations from the secondary school sector. Within this sector, there is clear division between two student organics, the Asamblea Coordinadora de Estudiantes Secundarios (ACES) and the Coordinadora Nacional de Estudiantes Secundarios (CONES). This investigation’s objective is to characterize the differences and similarities that exist between these two secondary school organics in relation to their demands, internal organizational structure, relationships with other social actors in the movement, and their mobilization tactics. It further seeks to identify and explain the possible consequences that these differences and similarities have on the Chilean student movement.


Adult and Continuing Education Administration | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Education Policy | Inequality and Stratification | Politics and Social Change | Secondary Education and Teaching


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