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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Spring 2020

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Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development


The state of Haitian migrants in Chile has often been studied through a lens of understanding the reasons for migratory flows and their effects on labor markets within the context of the Chilean state. Notable studies such as that of Pedemonte in 2015 studying the matrixes of exclusion of Haitian migrants in Chilean culture and that of Tijoux in 2015 studying the effects of racism and a neoliberal system on migrants, have adopted to explore the adoption of Haitian migrants to Chilean culture and detail the challenges and ways of community building that the Haitian population in Chile has adapted. While these efforts have understood Haitians from a migrant perspective, they have not conceived of Haitians in Chile as a collective with community construction efforts in a Chilean state context. In addition to this lack of perspective, it must be noted that studies to qualitatively understand the role of Haitian Organizations in Chile have been largely limited and only notable efforts of Sepulveda in 2020 have yielded an understanding of how Haitians build their communities.

Furthermore, this study aims to conceive of Haitian migrants in Chile from a collective perspective using the theory of social capital, put forth modernly by Putnam, to understand the purpose of the use of online spaces. With the goal of answering the question: What is the characterization of online spaces used by Haitian groups and Hatian organizations in Chile. Through the use of a model combining a quantitative approach to understand details of Haitian group and organization online use and qualitative methods, including an interview with Jorge Vasquez, an understanding of what these spaces mean is generated. The conclusion is reached that these spaces serve to act as social capital that Haitians are often excluded from in Chilean society.


Civic and Community Engagement | Communication Technology and New Media | International Economics | Latin American Languages and Societies | Latin American Studies | Migration Studies | Politics and Social Change | Social Media | Work, Economy and Organizations


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