La Victoria: Women, Community And Contestation In Santiago, Chile



Abstract: This article highlights the critical action and reflection of women activists in La Victoria, a población of Santiago, Chile. Women's contributions to community building, from the founding of the población in a 1957 land seizure, through the years of military rule to present day, are addressed. This article illustrates ways in which women talk back to the powerful political, social, and economic forces that shape and constrain their lives. The account is drawn from a larger collaborative project documenting women's community building from the Andes to the Rockies.