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Panel 29. Collective action in contexts of poverty, segregation or environmental injustice: old and new actors shaping territories in the Global South


  • Juan Fernández Labbé, Investigador de la línea Pobreza, territorio y exclusión
    social del CISJU. Académico del Magíster en Intervención Social y del Doctorado
    en Ciencias Sociales con mención en Estudios de Juventud.
  • Lucía Miranda, Investigadora de la línea Juventud, generaciones y procesos
    políticos del CISJU y académica del Doctorado en Ciencias Sociales con mención
    en Estudios de Juventud. Vice Presidenta del CEC UCSH
  • Juan Pablo Rodríguez, Coordinador e investigador de la línea Juventud,
    generaciones y procesos políticos del CISJU, académico del Doctorado en Ciencias
    Sociales con mención en Estudios de Juventud.
  • Matías Fouillioux, Investigador de la línea Migraciones del CISJU.
    (all CISJU, Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez)


The distribution of political participation is unequal among social groups and territories, with those with lower income and educational levels, young generations and rural areas having less voice (Pattie, 2022; Dolezal, 2022; Somma et al., 2020; Dalton & Weldon, 2017; Verba et al., 1995). In Chile, this was also the case in the constituent process of 2019-2022 (Fernández & Miranda, forthcoming; Miranda et al., 2022). However, it is in the poorest and less urbanized areas where more socio-environmental conflicts occur (INDH, 2018), involving a variety of actors, multi-scalar dynamics in action (Martínez & Delamaza, 2018; Delamaza et al., 2017; Fernández et al., forthcoming) and intergenerational activism in which territorial collective memory plays a significant role (Fernández, 2023); in the case of poor urban areas, the repoliticization of pobladores has gained strength in recent years (Angelcos & Rodríguez, 2023; Rodríguez, 2023); and in the case of young people, the most recent major processes of social politicization in the country have been initiated by them (student movement of 2011, the call to protest in October 2019).

On the other hand, relevant social actors, more studied in the upper-middle classes, such as feminists (Miranda et al., 2021) and students (Fernández, 2021; Donoso, 2017), also mobilize in poor territories and in rural-urban areas, but we know less about this. Finally, an emerging political actor is that of migrants, who reside in territories with high levels of poverty and have gained importance in recent times in camps and irregular settlements, due to, among other factors, to increased restrictions on access to rights (Arriagada and Contreras, 2023; Stang & Stefoni, 2022; Stang et al., 2022; Stang, 2021; Palma & Pérez, 2020). It is necessary to further analyze and deepen our understanding of the role of pobladores, feminists, migrants, students and young people in general, their agendas, strategies and effects in the configuration of the city and its territories in the Global South.

The panel aims to delve into the understanding of collective action by these actors in territorial contexts marked by poverty, segregation or environmental injustice, which contributes to shaping the territories and cities they inhabit. Emphasis is placed both on groups that typically have less political participation (the poor, youth, rural inhabitants, etc.), and on aspects that have been less studied by mainstream thought (popular youth, feminists in impoverished sectors, urban indigenous people, migrants from the perspective of their political agency, etc.). Proposals for empirical articles at different stages of development and using a variety of methods (case analyses, comparative analyses, longitudinal or cross-sectional analyses, both qualitative and quantitative) that contribute with current approaches or conceptual frameworks to better address these realities will be welcomed.

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