A Heritage of Otherness: Memory Haunts and Urban Development on the 'Other Side' of Santiago de Chile

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In this article I explore the relationship between heritage, difference, and urban development. More specifically, I present a case study of the barrio of Patronato in Santiago de Chile and show how its heritage of otherness simultaneously situates the neighbourhood on the fringes of the city and plays into the neoliberal logic of its developmental trajectory. I argue that Patronato works as a post-dictatorial memory haunt frequented by a past that might appear missing on the surface but is in fact there, urging us to further nuance our understanding of the presences and absences of the bygone. In a broader sense, I use the example of Patronato to point to the often subtle but nonetheless significant entanglement between neighbourhood actors and the political establishment in the realm of heritage; an entanglement that, I suggest, requires further critical scrutiny.
Original languageEnglish
VolumeLatest articles
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2021


  • Chile
  • Heritage
  • Memory haunts
  • Otherness
  • Urban development

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