UCL Institute of the Americas


Fighting Unemployment in Twentieth Century Chile

26 October 2021, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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An event part of the IHR Latin American History Seminar series

This event is free.

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In this seminar Ángela Vergara will discuss her new book, published in 2021 by the University of Pittsburg Press. The book tells the story of of how industrial and mine workers, peasants and day laborers, as well as blue-collar and white-collar employees earned a living through periods of economic, political, and social instability in twentieth-century Chile. Weaving together bottom-up and transnational approaches, Vergara underscores the limits of state welfare policies and demonstrates how the benefits and protections of wage labor became central to people’s lives and culture, and how global economic recessions, political oppression, and abusive employers threatened their working-class culture.

Dr Jo Crow (University of Bristol) will comment.

All welcome – This event is free, but booking is required.

Details on how to join this session will be sent to all registered attendees 24 hours in advance.  Booking will therefore close the day before the scheduled date.

UCL Institute of the Americas is delighted to collaborate with the Institute of Historical Research (University of London) and other leading institutions in the organisation of this series

About the Speaker

Professor Ángela Vergara

Professor of History at California State University Los Angeles

A social and labor historian, Professor Vergara has researched, presented, and published on a wide range of topics such as labor and social movements, occupational health, labor relations, and transnational history. She is the author of Copper Workers, International Business, and Domestic Politics in Cold War Chile (2008), Fighting Unemployment in Twentieth-Century Chile (2021) and co-editor of Company Towns in the Americas (2011) and the special issue of Radical History Review, The Other 9/11: Chile 1973 – Memory, Resistance and Democratization (2016).

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