Written as a book for undergraduate students as well as scholars, Surviving Dictatorship is a work of visual sociology and oral history, and a case study that communicates the lived experience of poverty, repression, and resistance in an authoritarian society: Pinochet’s Chile.

It focuses on shantytown women, examining how they join groups to cope with exacerbated impoverishment and targeted repression, and how this leads them into very varied forms of resistance aimed at self-protection, community-building, and mounting an offensive. Drawing on a visual database of shantytown photographs, art, posters, flyers, and bulletins, as well as on interviews, photo elicitation, and archival research, the book is an example of how multiple methods might be successfully employed to examine dictatorship from the perspective of some of the least powerful members of society. It is ideal for courses in social inequalities, poverty, race/class/gender, political sociology, global studies, urban studies, women’s studies, human rights, oral history, and qualitative methods.

chapter 1|26 pages

Shantytown Women and Dictatorship

chapter 2|37 pages

Living with Repression

chapter 3|27 pages

Unemployment and Exacerbated Poverty

chapter 4|63 pages

Surviving Poverty in the Shantytowns

chapter 6|29 pages

Mounting an Offensive

chapter 7|27 pages

Ties Between Groups

chapter 8|10 pages

Surviving Dictatorship