The ruin(s) of Chiloé?: An ethnography of buildings de/reterritorializing

Miller, Jacob (2021) The ruin(s) of Chiloé?: An ethnography of buildings de/reterritorializing. Cultural Geographies. ISSN 1474-4740 (In Press)

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Studying buildings can be a rich entry point into emerging cultural geographies. The archipelago of Chiloé in southern Chile is experiencing rapid change since the country’s extreme turn toward neoliberal governance in the 1970s. Once a rural, communal, and sea-faring region, it has been transformed by industrial aquaculture in recent decades which has driven a new urban landscapes and consumer-oriented lifestyles. This paper offers findings from an ethnographic study of changing consumption geographies, from iconic tourist sites linked to the region’s rich heritage geographies, to the new corporate retailers and shopping malls. Specifically, the new shopping mall clashes with the heritage and tourist landscape of colonial era churches and other unique heritage architectures that have captured the attention of tourists and investors. We glimpse a dynamic architectural geography in flux, as an array of buildings pulls the population in multiple directions at once, making it an ideal case study of the competing forces of what Deleuze and Guattari called de- and re-territorialization, an appropriate analytic for understanding the powerful forces of commodification.

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Additional Information: Funding information: The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This research was funded by the Fulbright Commission (U.S. Department of State); the Tinker Foundation; the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute, University of Arizona; the Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona; and the Northumbria University Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences.
Uncontrolled Keywords: architecture, Chile and Chiloé, commodification, heritage, retail, tourism
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
L700 Human and Social Geography
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2021 11:26
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 10:03

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