Coes and Fundación Colunga talk about inequality in ColungaHUB

December 29, 2016
Communications Colunga Foundation

With the purpose of encouraging the debate between civil society and the academy, the Center for Conflict Studies and Social Cohesion (COES), together with the Colunga Foundation, began a series of talks at ColungaHUB.

The first meeting, held on December 22, had as its central theme "The other inequalities" and featured presentations by Marcela Ríos, UNDP Officer and member of the COES Advisory Board; and of María Luisa Méndez, COES researcher and UDP academic.

"As Fundación Colunga we begin this cycle of talks that allow us to advocate on issues related to the exercise of rights. I hope you can enrich the eyes of the civil society organizations that are in ColungaHUB, and that they are a contribution for all the institutions and academics that accompany us, "he said. Esperanza Cueto, president of Fundación Colunga, during the first meeting.

Discussion "The other inequalities"

"Inequality is not only material, it is not about how we measure it in poverty, in quality in education or in type of work, there are also inequalities in the cultural and symbolic environment, inequalities of treatment and belonging that in Chile strongly affects to people, "Marcela Ríos said during her presentation "Inequality of voice and influence".

According to the expert, this other inequality has to do with the low opportunity of the population to influence, participate, make decisions and exercise rights with the current democratic system, which "over represents the elites" in the country. The UNDP professional concluded that "As a country we have to take charge of better understanding this relationship between economic inequality and political inequality, and take concrete measures to try to reduce the effect of structural inequalities in the public sphere, so that we can effectively balance better way the voice, the incidence and the interests of all and all ".

While the talk of María Luisa Méndez, called "Socio-spatial inequality, school and residential choice among the privileged: Reproduction of the upper middle class in Santiago", focused on a book that synthesizes a research that is being carried out, and that seeks to problematize the privileged subject in Chile, the one who manages to inherit his children a social position that has a great concentration of economic and cultural capital, and that is facing new challenges and contexts.   

"When you think about inequality you can not think of it in terms of a photo, you have to think in terms of history, social classes, forms of accumulation, which capitals are most effective in reproducing a given position at a given moment in time. societies that we are studying, "said the academic at the meeting.

After the presentations, an interesting and heated debate was held, moderated by Sebastián Zulueta of America Solidaria, where members of ColungaHUB and the attendees were able to present their points of view and exchange experiences on both issues related to inequality. The cycle of talks will have different focuses and the dates will be announced through the websites and social networks of Fundación Colunga and COES.

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