Culturality index of Chile: A methodological approach to cultural materialism

Joséfrancisco Vergara-Perucich*, Carlos Aguirre-Nuñez

*Autor correspondiente de este trabajo

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This article reports the development of an index of culturality in Chile. Fifteen quantitative variables indicative of local cultural development are used to measure the access to cultural opportunities in each Chilean district. This approach was adopted from the theoretical framework of cultural materialism theorized by Marvin Harris in the seventies. Using this framework, a ranking is developed among 164 districts to determine the degree of cultural development exists in each and the variables that are the influential on the enhancement of this indicator. The results showed that the districts of Rancagua, Providencia, La Reina, El Bosque, and Valparaíso have better cultural opportunities based on their material forms, which are mainly driven by obtaining funds for cultural projects, workers’ salaries, civic activity, and public libraries. Based on the results of this ranking, a baseline is proposed to develop it using new data. In addition, recommendations are provided regarding public policies that have promoted cultural development in the communities with unsuccessful results. The article provides significant information for decision makers in Chile and a quantitative method for exploring cultural materialism in specific territories.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo2566
PublicaciónJournal of Infrastructure, Policy and Development
EstadoPublicada - 2024

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Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus

  • Desarrollo
  • Ciencias sociales (miscelánea)
  • Estudios urbanos
  • Administración pública


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