2017 Richard Welch Lecture

Dr. Heidi Tinsman (University of California, Irvine) will present a talk entitled, “Buying into the Regime: The Politics of Gender, Consumption, and Labor in Cold War Chile and the United States.”

March 20 at 7 pm in Kirby Hall of Civil Rights, 104


Heidi Tinsman explores the relationship between Chile’s lucrative fruit-export industry during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet and the United States’ growing appetite for fresh and healthy eating. Although highly exploitative, Chile’s fruit boom allowed rural women to earn wages and purchase new types of commodities---home appliances, clothing, cosmetics—that transformed their relationships to men and encouraged their participation in pro-democracy movements.  In the United States, Chilean and California agribusiness aggressively marketed grapes to American women as the “natural snack” even as the grapes’ wholesomeness was vigorously challenged by the United Farm Workers and Chilean solidarity activists.



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Rebekah Pite