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Research Students - Social Anthropology
Piergiorgio di Giminiani  
Piergiorgio di Giminiani or

PHD working Title: The Struggle of the People of the Land: land, state and tradition in a Mapuche community of Southern Chile.

2006 to 2009

"This project seeks to address the importance of the relation between indigenous notions of land and political action aimed at land restoration.

Ethnographic research was conducted in a Mapuche sector of Southern Chile, in which several communities are demanding land which was historically expropriated by large holders: through a focus on the ritualistic significance of land, agrarian economy and state policies, this research will illustrate the significance of the process of land restoration"

Research interests

Political anthropology Agrarian studies Amerindian cosmologies


Dissertation Fieldwork Grant Application awarded by Wenner-Gren Foundation, Abbey-Santander Research Award, Departmental Research Bursary, Research Project Fund awarded by UCL Graduate School.


Di Giminiani 2007. Review of Nick Crossley 2006. Contesting Psychiatry: Social Movements in Mental Health. Penguin, London and New York. Anthropology and Medicine Vol. 14, No. 1, April 2007

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