Vital Connections

Vital Connections

Politics, Social Security, and Inequality in Chile

Paperback - 2002
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Vital Connections is the first book-length treatment in English of the evolution of social security in Chile and its privatization under the Pinochet regime. Borzutzky's study contains a dynamic history of Chilean politics, a sophisticated discussion of social inequalities, and an in-depth analysis of social security policies in Chile from 1924 to the present. Her work focuses on three critical historical periods: the mid-1920s, the late 1960s, and the early to mid-1970s. In each of these key epochs, Chile experienced a crisis which prompted a reform of its socioeconomic organization and, consequently, of its social security system. Throughout this concise, readable book, Borzutzky argues that Chile's social security system presented to the world a positive image, while hiding a political reality that was steeped in profound inequality. According to Borzutzky, Chile's social security system helped to create a narrative that portrayed the country as a unified society with a legitimate political system. Efforts on the part of the Chilean people to make this narrative a reality threatened those in power and ultimately led the Pinochet regime to destroy the political system and creat
Publisher: Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780268043575
0268043574
9780268043568
0268043566
Branch Call Number: 368.4009 B739v
HD7156 .B67 2002
Characteristics: xv, 300 p. ; 23 cm

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