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Lecture | PCNI Research Seminar

Attitudes and perceptions about democracy and authoritarianism under the new generations in Chile

Thursday 7 September 2023
PCNI Research Seminars 2023-2024
Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden

At present time, Chilean society is at a crossroads, before the convergence of two phenomenon: on the one hand, the apparent deactivation of a cycle of social mobilizations that, in the recent years, had pushed progressive demands around the right to education, better pensions and gender equality, and which translated in the ongoing process of constitutional renovation. And on the other, the rise of populist-conservative political forces that, articulating a political agenda around issues of order, security and distrust in others and vindicating authoritarian positions, have gained growing social support as shown in the last electoral processes. Based on primary and secondary data, this lecture will portray the panorama of beliefs and attitudes expressed by the youth in Chile regarding the democratic system and authoritarianism, their ways of relating to traditional politics, as well as their attitudes towards gender equality and tolerance. The 50 years since the dictatorial onset constitutes a key moment. This lecture takes the opportunity to incite reflection and discuss the relationship of the new generations with democracy and authoritarianism. 

Moderator: Dr. Soledad Valdivia Rivera, Institute of History 

About the speaker

Dr. Camila Jara Ibarra works as sociologist and associate researcher at the Center for Comparative Education Policy at the Universidad Diego Portales (Chile). She holds a PhD in Latin American Studies from the University of Leiden and MSc in Statistics and Quantitative Analysis in the Social Sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. She has a Diploma in Organizational Strengthening, Collaboration and Civil Society from Universidad de Chile. Her lines of research are linked to the forms of political participation, citizenship, political socialization, civil society, and citizen education. 


The event is open to the public, but registration is needed. To register, please send an email to the PCNI coordinator, Dario Fazzi, at d.fazzi@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

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