Ángela Vergara teaches Latin America history at California State University, Los Angeles. She is the author of Copper Workers, International Business, and Domestic Politics in Cold-War Chile (2008) and Fighting Unemployment in Twentieth-Century Chile (2021), and co-editor of Company Towns in the Americas (2011).

November 12, 2022


The Sacrifice Zone

Mining communities in the wake of Chile’s constitutional referendum

In September 2022, 62 percent of Chilean voters rejected the country's proposed new constitution. The defeat took many by surprise—the demands to rewrite the existing charter had been loud and seemingly unanimous. For followers of Chile’s extractive industries, however, the…