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Upper Middle Class Social Reproduction

Wealth, Schooling, and Residential Choice in Chile


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. María Luisa Méndez, Modesto Gayo
    Pages 1-28
  3. María Luisa Méndez, Modesto Gayo
    Pages 55-81
  4. María Luisa Méndez, Modesto Gayo
    Pages 83-107
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 147-149

About this book


In the contemporary context of increasing inequality and various forms of segregation, this volume analyzes the transition to neoliberal politics in Santiago de Chile. Using an innovative methodological approach that combines georeferenced data and multi-stage cluster analysis, Méndez and Gayo study the old and new mechanisms of social reproduction among the upper middle class. In so doing, they not only capture the interconnections between macro- and microsocial dimensions such as urban dynamics, schooling demands, cultural repertoires and socio-spatial trajectories, but also offer a detailed account of elite formation, intergenerational accumulation, and economic, cultural, and social inheritance dynamics.


social mobility social structure cultural capital socio-spatial inequality microsocial Pierre Bourdieu

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Diego Portales UniversitySantiagoChile
  2. 2.Diego Portales UniversitySantiagoChile

About the authors

María Luisa Méndez is Principal Investigator at the Center for Social and Cohesion Studies (COES) and Head of the Sociology Department at Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile.

Modesto Gayo is Associate Professor at Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile.

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