Social management strategy of industrial heritage sites in the Aysén region and Chilean Patagonia

Authors: Jacqueline Boldt Corvalán, Marcelo Becerra Parra

The presentation made at the International Congress of Worker Settlements and Factory Towns addresses examples of the showcasing of industrial heritage sites in the far south of Chile, involving a combination of different actors. Non-governmental agents lend vitality to a strategy of social management for the purpose of reactivation and reinterpretation.

The research forms part of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Project:Industrial Heritage, collective forms of habitation. Contributions for embellishment and integrated restoration.

A review is conducted of the case of mining settlements in the General Carrera Lake basin, combining the experience of the Puerto Cristal National Mining Camp Monument industrial heritage site, where the former working population were the drivers of processes to reinterpret the site by staging a celebration, an annual tour, and a structure based on a communal social organisation. The case reveals the tension proposed by the heritage site converted into a monument from the academic and governmental perspective, in a space which has a living meaning for people, which generates emancipating knowledge for a community lending value and meaning based on recollection, through the embellishment of their identity and the underpinning of the regional social fabric.

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The presentation made at the International Congress on Worker Settlements and Factory Towns held in October 2018 may be found here