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Historical Everyday Geopolitics on the Chile-Peru Border

Freeman, Cordelia


Cordelia Freeman


Geopolitics is increasingly seen by scholars as occurring in everyday spaces and performed by ordinary people. This paper extends this idea to historical work to examine how citizens themselves (re)produce geopolitics at the time of historical events. It does so through a case study of geopolitical tension on the Chile-Peru border in the 1970s. Through oral histories and newspaper analysis, a historical everyday geopolitics approach reveals how those living in the Chilean border city of Arica played a part in promoting national and border security. This centres the embodied and emotional experiences of those affected by violence and conflict.


Freeman, C. (2020). Historical Everyday Geopolitics on the Chile-Peru Border. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 39(4), 439-452.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 24, 2019
Online Publication Date Dec 25, 2019
Publication Date 2020-09
Deposit Date Oct 24, 2019
Publicly Available Date Dec 26, 2021
Journal Bulletin of Latin American Research
Print ISSN 0261-3050
Electronic ISSN 1470-9856
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 4
Pages 439-452
Keywords Everyday geopolitics; Chile; Peru; Militarisation; Borders; Security
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Freeman, C. (2020), Historical Everyday Geopolitics on the Chileā€Peru Border. Bull Lat Am Res. doi:10.1111/blar.13067, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.


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