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      Collective trauma, feminism and the threads of popular power: A personal and political account of Chile’s 2019 social awakening

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          Chile’s 2019 uprising marked a moment of social awakening for many Chileans, recasting historical memory tropes and shattering the fear of collective action internalised during the years of dictatorial rule (1973–90). This article explores the political legacies of the Popular Unity period (1970–3) made apparent during the 2019 uprising and the popular movement that emerged in its wake. It also centres on the Chilean feminist movement, its historic role as a political force in Chilean politics and how a new feminist discourse became the necessary preamble to Chile’s 2019 social awakening. Lastly, this study describes the sprouting of a neighbourhood assembly movement within days after the 18 October 2019 uprising, its role in rearticulating politics from below and its alignment with the feminist movement, culminating in mass participation in the 8 March 2020 feminist strike. This article places personal and familial accounts in conversation with scholarly works, utilising the 2019 uprising as a lens to revisit the historical past within the onward moving historical present.

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                Journal
                RA
                Radical Americas
                UCL Press
                2399-4606
                01 June 2021
                : 6
                : 1
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                Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Santiago, Chile; rominaakemi@ 123456gmail.com
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                RA-6-2
                10.14324/111.444.ra.2021.v6.1.002
                © 2021, Romina A. Green Rioja.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited • DOI: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.444.ra.2021.v6.1.002.

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                Green Rioja, R. A. ‘Collective trauma, feminism and the threads of popular power: A personal and political account of Chile’s 2019 social awakening’. Radical Americas 6, 1 (2021): 2. DOI: 10.14324/111.444.ra.2021.v6.1.002.

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