Urban Mapuche Identity and Definitions of Differentiated Citizenship


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships




How do indigenous people in urban areas understand their indigenous identity and the rights associated with it, and how does this understanding impact their political negotiations with the state? This dissertation answers this question through an analysis of urban Mapuche movements in Chile and Argentina and the processes through which they define their differentiated citizenship and engage in strategies of claims-making with the state. A comparison of urban Mapuche organizations in Chile and Argentina is instructive because they differ in how they define their urban Mapuche identity and in the demands that they make for collective rights based on this identity.