First published in 1991. An implicit thesis of this volume is that popular culture in Chile is more than the total of many individual biographies. It requires a new analysis of society as a whole and of social change. Too often, political scientists and other social analysts have seen social change as proceeding from the top down.
Introduction: Placing Chile’s Popular Culture in Context -- Historical Perspectives -- The History of Popular Culture in Chile: Different Paths -- Christianity and Popular Movements in the Twentieth Century -- Dimensions of Popular Culture -- Political Movements and Popular Culture -- Popular Organizations and the Economy of Solidarity -- Being Female and Poor: A Double Oppression -- Bread and Roses: Women Who Live Poverty -- Men of the Street, Women of the Household: Youth in Popular Sectors -- Love and Rural Popular Culture -- Popular Education: The Viewpoint of the Participants -- Popular Theater and Popular Movements -- Human Rights and Popular Organizations -- Conclusion: Toward a Theory of Popular Culture—Some Chilean Excursions