Mapping the neoliberal education system: The 2011 Chilean student movement

Juan Pablo Rodríguez*

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Rodríguez offers a fine-grained analysis of how Chilean students elaborated and mobilised a critical discourse against neoliberalism during the 2011 student mobilisations in Chile. Specifically, the chapter shows how individuals’ feelings of indignation were taken as an object of collective reflection and connected to a diagnosis of the socio-economic dynamics behind a system which increased access but created a mass of debtors in the process. The chapter demonstrates how the students’ critique of Chilean society, which underpinned their demands, led them finally to go beyond their identity as students and to participate in the broader construction of a new type of citizenship, which could form the basis for the construction of a post-neoliberal society.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResisting Neoliberal Capitalism in Chile
Subtitle of host publicationThe Possibility of Social Critique
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-32108-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-32107-9
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameMarx, Engels, and Marxisms
ISSN (Print)2524-7123
ISSN (Electronic)2524-7131

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    Rodríguez, J. P. (2019). Mapping the neoliberal education system: The 2011 Chilean student movement. In Resisting Neoliberal Capitalism in Chile: The Possibility of Social Critique (Vol. 1, pp. 159-193). (Marx, Engels, and Marxisms). Palgrave Macmillan.