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Chileans have always been more preoccupied in trying to follow the pace of cultural and scientific transformations in Europe and the United States often unsuccessfully than in comparing themselves with neighboring countries and realities. Archived from the original on 22 January A good climate eliminates the widespread African problem of malaria. Emergence of the Nation. Chilean graphic arts have been dominated by paintings.

Although in many countries, movies, meals, and meeting in coffeehouses and other places is now popular, as are advice books suggesting various strategies for men and women, [9] in other parts of the world, such as in South Asia and many parts of the Middle East, being alone in public as a couple with another person is not only frowned upon but can even lead to either person being socially ostracized. In the twentieth century, dating was sometimes seen as a precursor to marriage but it could also be considered as an end-in-itself, that is, an informal social activity akin to friendship.

It generally happened in that portion of a person's life before the age of marriage, [10] but as marriage became less permanent with the advent of divorce , dating could happen at other times in peoples lives as well.

People became more mobile. Cars extended the range of dating as well as enabled back-seat sexual exploration.

In the mid-twentieth century, the advent of birth control as well as safer procedures for abortion changed the equation considerably, and there was less pressure to marry as a means for satisfying sexual urges.

New types of relationships formed; it was possible for people to live together without marrying and without children.

Information about human sexuality grew, and with it an acceptance of all types of sexual orientations is becoming more common. Today, the institution of dating continues to evolve at a rapid rate with new possibilities and choices opening up particularly through online dating.

Social rules regarding dating vary considerably according to variables such as country, social class, race, religion, age, sexual orientation and gender. Behavior patterns are generally unwritten and constantly changing. There are considerable differences between social and personal values. Each culture has particular patterns which determine such choices as whether the man asks the woman out, where people might meet, whether kissing is acceptable on a first date, the substance of conversation, who should pay for meals or entertainment, [16] [17] or whether splitting expenses is allowed.

Among the Karen people in Burma and Thailand , women are expected to write love poetry and give gifts to win over the man. For example, director Blake Edwards wanted to date singing star Julie Andrews , and he joked in parties about her persona by saying that her "endlessly cheerful governess" image from movies such as Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music gave her the image of possibly having "lilacs for pubic hair"; [19] Andrews appreciated his humor, sent him lilacs, dated him and later married him, and the couple stayed together for 41 years until his death in While the term dating has many meanings, the most common refers to a trial period in which two people explore whether to take the relationship further towards a more permanent relationship; in this sense, dating refers to the time when people are physically together in public as opposed to the earlier time period in which people are arranging the date, perhaps by corresponding by email or text or phone.

If two unmarried celebrities are seen in public together, they are often described as "dating" which means they were seen in public together, and it is not clear whether they are merely friends, exploring a more intimate relationship, or are romantically involved.

A related sense of the term is when two people have been out in public only a few times but have not yet committed to a relationship; in this sense, dating describes an initial trial period and can be contrasted with "being in a committed relationship".

Often physical characteristics, personality, financial status, and other aspects of the involved persons are judged and, as a result, feelings can be hurt and confidence shaken. Because of the uncertainty of the whole situation, the desire to be acceptable to the other person, and the possibility of rejection, dating can be very stressful for all parties involved. Some studies have shown that dating tends to be extremely difficult for people with social anxiety disorder.

While some of what happens on a date is guided by an understanding of basic, unspoken rules, there is considerable room to experiment, and there are numerous sources of advice available. There are now more than businesses worldwide that offer dating coach services—with almost of those operating in the U. The copulatory gaze, looking lengthily at a new possible partner, brings you straight into a sparring scenario; you will stare for two to three seconds when you first spy each other, then look down or away before bringing your eyes in sync again.

This may be combined with displacement gestures, small repetitive fiddles that signal a desire to speed things up and make contact. When approaching a stranger you want to impress, exude confidence in your stance, even if you're on edge. Pull up to your full height in a subtle chest-thrust pose, which arches your back, puffs out your upper body and pushes out your buttocks. Roll your shoulders back and down and relax your facial expression. There are numerous ways to meet potential dates, including blind dates, classified ads, dating websites, hobbies, holidays, office romance, social networking, speed dating, and others.

A Pew study in which examined Internet users in long-term relationships including marriage, found that many met by contacts at work or at school. There is a general perception that men and women approach dating differently, hence the reason why advice for each sex varies greatly, particularly when dispensed by popular magazines.

For example, it is a common belief that heterosexual men often seek women based on beauty and youth. All of these are examples of gender stereotypes which plague dating discourse and shape individuals' and societies' expectations of how heterosexual relationships should be navigated.

In addition to the detrimental effects of upholding limited views of relationships and sexual and romantic desires, stereotypes also lead to framing social problems in a problematic way. For example, some have noted that educated women in many countries including Italy and Russia , and the United States find it difficult to have a career as well as raise a family, prompting a number of writers to suggest how women should approach dating and how to time their careers and personal life.

The advice comes with the assumption that the work-life balance is inherently a "woman's problem. Accordingly, an issue regarding dating is the subject of career timing which generates controversy. Some views reflect a traditional notion of gender roles. For example, Danielle Crittenden in What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us argued that having both a career and family at the same time was taxing and stressful for a woman; as a result, she suggested that women should date in their early twenties with a seriousness of purpose, marry when their relative beauty permitted them to find a reliable partner, have children, then return to work in their early thirties with kids in school; Crittenden acknowledged that splitting a career path with a ten-year baby-raising hiatus posed difficulties.

Columnist Maureen Dowd quoted comedian Bill Maher on the subject of differing dating agendas between men and women: In studies comparing children with heterosexual families and children with homosexual families, there have been no major differences noted; though some claims suggest that kids with homosexual parents end up more well adjusted than their peers with heterosexual parents, purportedly due to the lack of marginalizing gender roles in same-sex families.

It is increasingly common today, however, with new generations and in a growing number of countries, to frame the work-life balance issue as a social problem rather than a gender problem.

With the advent of a changing workplace, the increased participation of women in the labor force , an increasing number of men who are picking up their share of parenting and housework, [52] and more governments and industries committing themselves to achieving gender equality, the question of whether or not, or when to start a family is slowly being recognized as an issue that touches or should touch both genders.

The prospect of love often entails anxiety, sometimes with a fear of commitment [53] and a fear of intimacy for persons of both sexes. There's something wonderful, I think, about taking chances on love and sex.

Going out on a limb can be roller-coaster scary because none of us want to be rejected or to have our heart broken. But so what if that happens? I, for one, would rather fall flat on my face as I serenade my partner off-key and all in a bikini and a short little pool skirt than sit on the edge of the pool, dipping my toes in silence. One dating adviser agreed that love is risky, and wrote that "There is truly only one real danger that we must concern ourselves with and that is closing our hearts to the possibility that love exists.

What happens in the dating world can reflect larger currents within popular culture. For example, when the book The Rules appeared, it touched off media controversy about how men and women should relate to each other, with different positions taken by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd [58] and British writer Kira Cochrane of The Guardian.

Since people dating often do not know each other well, there is the risk of violence , including date rape. Sara McCorquodale suggests that women meeting strangers on dates meet initially in busy public places, share details of upcoming dates with friends or family so they know where they'll be and who they'll be with, avoid revealing one's surname or address, and conducting searches on them on the Internet prior to the date.

Don't leave drinks unattended; have an exit plan if things go badly; and ask a friend to call you on your cell phone an hour into the date to ask how it's going.

If you explain beautifully, a woman does not look to see whether you are handsome or not -- but listens more, so you can win her heart. That is why I advise our boys to read stories and watch movies more and to learn more beautiful phrases to tell girls. The Internet is shaping the way new generations date. Facebook , Skype , Whatsapp , and other applications have made remote connections possible. Online dating tools are an alternate way to meet potential dates. Dating customs and habits vary considerably throughout the world.

The average duration of courtship before proceeding to engagement or marriage varies considerably throughout the world. According to one source, there are four ways that marriage can happen among the Nyangatom people: Asia is a mix of traditional approaches with involvement by parents and extended families such as arranged marriages as well as modern dating. Patterns of dating are changing in China, with increased modernization bumping into traditional ways.

One report in China Daily suggests that dating for Chinese university women is "difficult" and "takes work" and steals time away from academic advancement, and places women in a precarious position of having to balance personal success against traditional Chinese relationships. But in China, we study together. Like other women in my social circle, I have certain demands for a potential mate. He doesn't have to make much more than I do, but he must be doing at least as well as I am, and has to be compatible with me, both morally and spiritually He should also own an apartment instead of us buying one together.

Remember what Virginia Wolf [ sic ] said? Every woman should have a room of her own. The game show If You Are the One , titled after Chinese personal ads, featured provocative contestants making sexual allusions and the show reportedly ran afoul of authorities and had to change its approach.

There are conflicting reports about dating in China's capital city. One account suggests that the dating scene in Beijing is "sad" with particular difficulties for expatriate Chinese women hoping to find romance.

Each year, November 11 has become an unofficial holiday [90] known as China's Singles' Day when singles are encouraged to make an extra effort to find a partner. In Arabic numerals, the day looks like "", that is, "like four single people standing together", and there was speculation that it originated in the late s when college students celebrated being single with "a little self-mockery" [90] but a differing explanation dates it back to events in the Roman Empire.

There is concern that young people's views of marriage have changed because of economic opportunities, with many choosing deliberately not to get married, [90] as well as young marrieds who have decided not to have children, or to postpone having them. Jinguoyuan organized periodic matchmaking events often attended by parents.

Chinese-style flirtatiousness is termed sajiao , best described as "to unleash coquettishness" with feminine voice, tender gestures, and girlish protestations. Romantic love is more difficult during times of financial stress, and economic forces can encourage singles, particularly women, to select a partner primarily on financial considerations. Some men postpone marriage until their financial position is more secure and use wealth to help attract women.

One trend is towards exclusive matchmaking events for the 'rich and powerful'; for example, an annual June event in Wuhan with expensive entry-ticket prices for men 99, RMB lets financially secure men choose so-called bikini brides based on their beauty and education , [94] and the financial exclusivity of the event was criticized by the official news outlet China Daily.

A brave lover in Beijing must be prepared to accept a paradigm shift to enjoy the cross-cultural dating experience. There was a report that sexual relations among middle schoolers in Guangzhou sometimes resulted in abortions. Indian dating is heavily influenced by the custom of arranged marriages which require little dating, although there are strong indications that the institution is undergoing change, and that love marriages are becoming more accepted as India becomes more intertwined with the rest of the world.

In the cities at least, it is becoming more accepted for two people to meet and try to find if there is compatibility. The majority of Indian marriages are arranged by parents and relatives, and one estimate is that 7 of every 10 marriages are arranged.

Writer Lavina Melwani described a happy marriage which had been arranged by the bride's father, and noted that during the engagement, the woman was allowed to go out with him before they were married on only one occasion; the couple married and found happiness.

Until recently, Indian marriages had all the trappings of a business transaction involving two deal-making families, a hardboiled matchmaker and a vocal board of shareholders — concerned uncles and aunts. The couple was almost incidental to the deal.

They just dressed and showed up for the wedding ceremony. And after that the onus was on them to adjust to the 1, relatives, get to know each other and make the marriage work. Relationships in which dating is undertaken by two people, who choose their dates without parental involvement and sometimes carry on clandestine get-togethers, has become increasingly common. When this leads to a wedding, the resulting unions are sometimes called love marriages.

There are increasing incidences when couples initiate contact on their own, particularly if they live in a foreign country; in one case, a couple met surreptitiously over a game of cards. Dating websites are gaining ground in India. Writer Rupa Dev preferred websites which emphasized authenticity and screened people before entering their names into their databases, making it a safer environment overall, so that site users can have greater trust that it is safe to date others on the site.

During the interval before marriage, whether it is an arranged or a love marriage, private detectives have been hired to check up on a prospective bride or groom, or to verify claims about a potential spouse made in newspaper advertising, and there are reports that such snooping is increasing.

Transsexuals and eunuchs have begun using Internet dating in some states in India. The practice of dating runs against some religious traditions, and the radical Hindu group Sri Ram Sena threatened to "force unwed couples" to marry, if they were discovered dating on Valentine's Day ; a fundamentalist leader said "drinking and dancing in bars and celebrating this day has nothing to do with Hindu traditions.

Another group, Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha , threatened to do the same, for which it was severely mocked online [] and on the day after Valentine's Day , had protesters outside its Delhi headquarters, with people mockingly complaining that it did not fulfill its "promise", [] with some having come with materials for the wedding rituals.

There is a type of courtship called Omiai in which parents hire a matchmaker to give resumes and pictures to potential mates for their approval, leading to a formal meeting with parents and matchmaker attending.

The reasons for dating in Korea are various. Research conducted by Saegye Daily showed that teenagers choose to date for reasons such as "to become more mature," "to gain consultation on worries, or troubles," or "to learn the difference between boys and girls," etc. Present Korean dating shows a changing attitude due to the influence of tradition and modernization.

There are a lot of Confucian ideas and practices that still saturate South Korean culture and daily life as traditional values. It is one of the old teachings of Confucianism [] and reveals its inclination toward conservatism. Most Koreans tend to regard dating as a precursor to marriage.

There is no dating agency but the market for marriage agencies are growing continuously. Also, "Mat-sun", the blind date which is usually based on the premise of marriage, is held often among ages of late 20s to 30s. However, the majority still takes getting into a relationship seriously. Dating in Korea is also considered a necessary activity supported by society. College students in their sophomore to junior year who have not been in a relationship feel anxious that they are falling behind amongst their peers.

Most of them try "sogaeting", going out on a blind date, for the first time to get into a relationship. Dating is a duty that most people feel they must take on to not seem incompetent.

Where Are We Going? Dating has also been depicted to be an activity of fun and happiness. According to a survey by wedding consulting agency, men consider a physical relation as a catalyst of love, otherwise, women regard it as a confirmation of affection. Adding to it, both Marriages and courtship in Pakistan are influenced by traditional cultural practices similar to those elsewhere in the Indian subcontinent as well as Muslim norms and manners.

Illegitimate relationships before marriage are considered a social taboo and social interaction between unmarried men and women is encouraged at a modest and healthy level.

Couples are usually wedded through either an arranged marriage or love marriage. Love marriages are those in which the individuals have chosen a partner whom they like by their own choice prior to marriage, and usually occur with the consent of parents and family.

Arranged marriages on the other hand are marriages which are set and agreed by the families or guardians of the two individuals where the couple may not have met before. In either cases and in consistency with traditional marital practices, individuals who marry are persuaded to meet and talk to each other for some time before considering marrying so that they can check their compatibility. The original SDU, which controversially promoted marriages among university graduate singles, no longer exists today.

On 28 January , it was merged with SDS [Social Development Services], which just as controversially promoted marriages among non-graduate singles. The merged unit, SDN Social Development Network seeks to promote meaningful relationships, with marriage touted as a top life goal, among all resident [Singapore] singles within a conducive network environment of singles, relevant commercial and public entities. One report suggested that in southern Taiwan , "traditional rules of courtship" still apply despite the influence of popular culture ; for example, men continue to take the initiative in forming relationships.

What caused relationships to break up? In Britain, the term dating bears similarity to the American sense of the tentative exploratory part of a relationship.

If two people are going out together , it may mean they're dating but that their relationship has advanced to a relatively long-standing and sexual boyfriend-girlfriend relationship although they're not cohabiting.

Although Britons are familiar with the term dating, the rituals surrounding courtship are somewhat different from those commonly found in North America. Writer Kira Cochrane advises daters to "get out there and meet people" while noting a trend of temporary suspension of marriage until an individual reaches his or her thirties. She felt "clueless and unwanted", she wrote, and found advice books such as The Rules helpful. Online dating safety in the UK is a concern for authorities and individuals.

While analysts such as Harald Martenstein and others suggest that it is easier for persons to initiate contact in America, many Germans view the American dating habits as "unspontaneous", "ridiculous" and "rigid".

Membership in voluntary associations is relatively high in German-speaking countries and these provided further chances for possible partners to meet. Strolling on Esplanades and Promenade walkways such as the one in Hamburg called the Jungfernstieg maidens way , have been another venue for introductions as early as the 19th century.

Analyst Geoffrey Gorer described dating as an American idiosyncrasy focusing on youth of college age and expressed in activities such as American proms. In contrast German speaking countries and the longstanding musical tradition there provided ample opportunity of persons of varying ages enjoying social dances, such as the Vienna Opera Ball and other occasions. The German term of Stelldichein as translated by Joachim Heinrich Campes is used to signify dating when the age of consent to marriage was relatively high.

German traditions to signify lovers who met in hiding were described with terms like Fensterln windowing or Kiltgang dawn stroll used in Bavaria and Switzerland.

Today, most German couples in long-term relationships get to know each other through mutual friends, at work or while going out at night; the first few months of dating often involve sexual intercourse, but are still rather casual and do not imply a serious wish to get married.

Italians maintain a conservative approach to dating. Also, inviting friends or relatives during a date is not uncommon. More modern approaches such as blind dates, speed dating and dating websites are not as popular as abroad, and are not considered very effective by the majority of the population. However, social network members outnumber the European average, [] and they may use Facebook for dating purposes too. One report suggested Spanish women were the "greatest flirts", based on an unofficial study by a dating website which ranked countries based on initiations of contact.

In North Africa like in many parts of the Middle East, sex without marriage is considered unacceptable. Dating in North Africa is predominantly done under family supervision, usually in a public place.

People of different sexes are not allowed to "mix freely" in public. Clerics run officially sanctioned internet dating agencies with strict rules. In Israel, in the secular community, dating is very common amongst both heterosexual and homosexual couples.

However, because of the religious community, there are some religious exceptions to the dating process. In the Haredi and Chasidic communities Ultra-Orthodox Judaism most couples are paired through a matchmaker. In this arranged marriage system, young adults meet a couple times under the supervision of their parents, and after they meet, the two are asked whether they will agree to be married. Furthermore, in terms of marriage , because the state religion is essentially Orthodox-Judaism, Conservative and Reform Liberal denominations of Judaism Jews cannot get married through a Conservative or Reform Rabbi without the approval of the State's Orthodox Head Rabbi.

There are similar problems in Israel for people of different denominations of other religions as well. Essentially, if you live in Israel, and the head of your religion doesn't want you to get married, you can't get religiously married.

Because people of two different religions or people of the same sex cannot get married in Israel, people in these situations oftentimes have to go overseas to get married since Israel does recognize overseas marriages.

One report suggests the Lebanese dating game is hampered by "the weight of family demands upon individual choice" and that there were difficulties, particularly for people seeking to marry across religious lines, such as a Christian seeking to marry a Muslim. The Saudi Gazette quoted a Wikipedia article on domestic violence , suggesting it was an issue for Saudis, including abusive behavior while dating by one or both partners.

In many cultures around the world, dating is a serious family matter, which is based on its culture and social values. Parents in said cultures believe in arranged marriage, or at least make sure that their children get married at a certain age. However, in the United States, independency plays an important role in how singles value and date others. In America, dating is mostly a personal decision rather than based off the influence of parents.

Middle class tend to prioritize other things that are more important to them, such as get a college degree, a job, and then date their future spouse to settle down.

Before the internet era, some Americans would meet their prospective husband or wife in college, through friends, at work, etc. But now is very popular that singles are trying to meet people on websites and from cell phone applications.

Dating people online can create other social issues. For example, some individuals might get in the illusion that there are so many singles looking for your mate, therefore some can get into a bad habit of constantly meet new people, but do not want to get in a meaningful relationship and they may spend years dating looking for a perfect mate when in reality that does not exist.

Meeting people from social sites might isolate us even more due to lack of communication face to face with friends and interact with new people on public places. One report suggested the United States as well as other western-oriented countries were different from the rest of the world because "love is the reason for mating," as opposed to marriages being arranged to cement economic and class ties between families and promote political stability.

British writer Kira Cochrane, after moving to the U. By waiting and waiting and waiting to commit to someone, our capacity for love shrinks and withers. This doesn't mean that women or men should marry the first reasonable person to come along, or someone with whom they are not in love. But we should, at a much earlier age than we do now, take a serious attitude toward dating and begin preparing ourselves to settle down.

For it's in the act of taking up the roles we've been taught to avoid or postpone——wife, husband, mother, father——that we build our identities, expand our lives, and achieve the fullness of character we desire.

Journalist Emily Witt in wrote that while "social mores had changed to accept a wider range of sexual practices", there was still much "loneliness and anxiety". There is evidence that couples differ in the pace and timing with which they initiate sex in their relationships.

Teenagers and college-aged students tend to avoid the more formal activity of dating, and prefer casual no-strings-attached experiments sometimes described as hookups. It permits young women to "go out and fit into the social scene, get attention from young men, and learn about sexuality", according to one report by sociologists. Muslims living in the United States can choose whether to use traditional Islamic methods, or date American-style; Muslims choosing to stick to Islamic tradition can "only marry another Muslim", according to one Malaysian account.

Mosques have been known to try to bring people together——one in California has a dating service for Muslims. In Australia, men typically ask out women for dates by text messaging.

In Brazil there's a longer time interval before children move out of the house, which affects dating. A report in Psychology Today found that homosexual men were attracted to men in their late teens and early twenties and didn't care much about the status of a prospective partner; rather, physical attractiveness was the key.

In India , transgender individuals and eunuchs have used Internet dating to help them find partners, but there continue to be strong societal pressures which marginalize these groups. People can meet other people on their own or the get-together can be arranged by someone else. Matchmaking is an art based entirely on hunches, since it is impossible to predict with certainty whether two people will like each other or not.

Friends remain an extremely common way for people to meet [] However, the Internet promises to overtake friends in the future, if present trends continue.

In The Guardian , British writer Hannah Pool was cynical about being set up on a blind date; she was told "basically he's you but in a male form" by the mutual friend. Parents, via their contacts with associates or neighbors or friends, can introduce their children to each other. In India , parents often place matrimonial ads in newspapers or online, and may post the resumes of the prospective bride or groom.

Dating systems can be systematic and organized ways to improve matchmaking by using rules or technology. The meeting can be in-person or live as well as separated by time or space such as by telephone or email or chat-based.

The purpose of the meeting is for the two persons to decide whether to go on a date in the future. Speed dating is a fast and comfortable way to meet people. It helps enlarge my social contacts.

I don't care if I can't find a girlfriend there. I just want to try my luck, and if she is there, then that will be a big bonus. Very attractive translates as big-headed Average build means a bit paunchy The picture is always taken from the best, most flattering angle Black and white photos mean I am pretentious or I've something to hide Anyone who writes in text speak or says I heart instead of I like should be avoided Ditto for people whose interests include feet.

The deception got worse. When he met his date who he had befriended online who he dubbed Facebook Guy for the first time, he wrote:. Facebook guy arrived on time. Facially, he looked the same as his picture. And his arms were as "worked out" as he promised. But he was lacking in the leg department. Facebook Guy had failed to mention that he had no legs.

Computer dating systems of the later 20th century, especially popular in the s and s, before the rise of sophisticated phone and computer systems, gave customers forms that they filled out with important tolerances and preferences, which were "matched by computer" to determine "compatibility" of the two customers. The history of dating systems is closely tied to the history of technologies that support them, although a statistics-based dating service that used data from forms filled out by customers opened in Newark, New Jersey in Patterson's business model was not fully legal, however.

From to the late s, Chile experienced constant economic growth at an annual average rate of 6. Manufacturing accounts for about 17 percent of the gross domestic product GDP , while agriculture, forestry, and fishing contribute 8 percent and mining another 8 percent. Land Tenure and Property. Prior to , land concentration in Chile was among the highest in the Western Hemisphere. In the period —, a profound land reform was implemented that eliminated latifundium in the countryside.

During the military government — land tenure became entirely privatized, while agrarian producers were forced to modernize their enterprises in order to survive foreign competition. The agricultural census showed that Since the democratic restoration in , the Chilean government has returned to the Mapuche Indians part of their ancestral land.

Chile's major industries are copper and other minerals, foodstuffs, fish processing, iron and steel, wood products, transport equipment, cement, and textiles. Foreign trade constitutes one of the main motors of the Chilean economy, accounting for about 20 percent of GDP. Chilean foreign commerce is quite diversified as some thirty-eight hundred products are shipped to markets. Chile's major export products are copper 45 percent of the total , other minerals 10 percent , industrial goods 33 percent , and agricultural and sea products 12 percent.

Chile's export markets are fairly balanced between Europe 29 percent , Asia 26 percent , Latin America 23 percent , and North America 19 percent. Most Chileans do not join the labor market before their sixteenth birthday. Primary education is compulsory, and the educational level has expanded enormously in recent years with the literacy rate reaching Because of the very competitive nature of the local labor market, most employers will hire only persons with full secondary school educations, even for unskilled jobs.

Upper- and middle-class males commonly do not participate in the labor market before their mid-twenties, as they normally work for the first time following the completion of their academic or professional education. In Chile had a labor force of 5. In the late s the unemployment rate fluctuated between 6 and 8 percent of the labor force. Chile is, on the one hand, the most modern country in Latin America and has relatively low levels of poverty.

On the other hand, however, Chile shows the second worst distribution of wealth in the entire region after Brazil. So while the richest 10 percent of the population obtains While color does not constitute the main source of social discrimination in Chile, class does.

In contrast to many other Latin American countries, most Chileans constantly think and act in terms of traditional class divisions largely expressed as lower, middle, and upper. The Chilean educational system is primarily meritocractic-oriented. For instance, entrance to university is based on the points obtained at a single national academic test. Nevertheless, getting an academic degree or even a good job does not automatically guarantee social acceptance among the middle and upper classes.

The same is true for people from lower-class origins who have made money and live in middle- or upper-class neighborhoods. They are often disdainfully called rotos con plata "vulgar people with money". Generally, it can be stated that most Chileans of European roots belong to the upper and middle classes, while most Chileans of mestizo and indigenous backgrounds belong to the lower classes.

Symbols of Social Stratification. Class differences are first of all expressed in the strong spatial segregation existing in large Chilean cities. Upper, middle, and lower classes live largely isolated from each other in quite distinctive neighborhoods and city sectors.

Also, primary and secondary schools express social stratification. Chileans automatically categorize a person socially based only on the comuna municipal division within the city where the person lives and the name of the school he or she has attended. Speech is another important marker of social stratification. Upper-class Chileans exaggerate their particular way of speaking to indicate their social predominance. On the other end of the social ladder, lower-class Chileans speak in a very idiosyncratic way.

Chileans are so speech-conscious that even the slightest difference in pronunciation of some consonants immediately "betrays" social background.

For most of its independent life Chile has had constitutional and democratic governments. In the period — the country experienced a military regime led by General Augusto Pinochet.

Since democratic rule has been restored. Chile is a unitary republic with a democratic presidential system. The president of the republic is both head of government and chief of state and is elected by direct balloting for a period of six years and is not eligible for a direct second term.

The legislative branch consists of a bicameral National Congress. The Senate has forty-seven seats of which thirty-nine are elected by popular vote for a period of eight years. The remaining eight senators are nominated the so-called senadores designados , while former presidents are automatically senators for life.

The Chamber of Deputies has members who are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms. Leadership and Political Officials. Two main parties, the National Renewal Party, and the Independent Democratic Union, compose the right-wing opposition, which have formed an electoral alliance during past presidential and congressional elections.

The Communist Party, the main opposition party from the left, has not won a parliamentary seat since democratic restoration. Traditionally, Chile's political party system has been one of the strongest in Latin America. Politicians with long careers within a political party filled most top-level government and parliamentary positions.

In the last two decades, however, Chilean politics have become increasingly "technocratic. Social Problems and Control. Chile ranks rather low on the world crime scale. The country has an annual murder rate of 1. Violent robberies or robberies with assault, however, have been increasing during the last decade.

Criminality has recurrently been mentioned by a large majority of Chileans as one of the country's most serious problems. The Chilean police force, Carabineros, enjoys high prestige among the population, as it is known to be relatively efficient and incorruptible. Chile has a relatively high imprisonment rate— out of , citizens—almost twice the rate of leading European countries. This could be related to the country's judiciary system which, according to many, needs desperately to be modernized.

As a result, there are long delays prior to trials, and preventive detention thus pushes the rate up. Moreover, European countries have alternative sentencing methods, whereas Chile does not. The Chilean army played a central role in the process of nation building in the nineteenth century. Until the Chilean armed forces were characterized by their high professional standards and their noninterference in political matters.

After the military takeover, military officers filled key positions in state enterprises and in central and regional governmental institutions. Following the democratic restoration in , the presence of the military in national events continues to be considerable. The armed forces as an institution has firmly defended Pinochet and until very recently they openly resisted accepting any responsibility in the human rights abuses committed during his regime.

In Chilean military expenditures Minerals have long been an important part of Chile's economy, as this antiquated silver smelting facility at Huanchaca, Antofagasta demonstrates. Since the restoration of democratic rule in the fight against poverty has become one of the primary goals of successive governments.

In that year the Fund for Solidarity and Social Investment was set up to finance the application of huge social programs. In recent years social expenditures increased to 70 percent of total fiscal expenditures. The combination of high levels of economic growth and successful social policies have led to a remarkable reduction in the levels of poverty in the country. While in In absolute figures, around 2 million people escaped poverty between those years.

Most NGOs were created during the military government — with the support of the Chilean Catholic Church and foreign humanitarian institutions. Their main objective was to defend the rights of persecuted groups and to provide jobs to professionals who were dismissed from state institutions and academic centers for political reasons. Many NGOs created research centers to analyze several facets of Chilean society such as women, employment, the agrarian situation, and human rights.

Since , many NGO professionals have became officials of the Chilean state. This has allowed close cooperation between state officials and NGO members. Division of Labor by Gender. Women make up 51 percent of the country's population.

Although female participation in the labor market has grown significantly in recent decades by 83 percent between and , women today form only 37 percent of Chile's total labor force.

Despite the increasing attention of democratic governments attempting to improve the labor and social conditions of women, women still have to work under less favorable conditions than men.

Unemployment among women is persistently higher than that of men, and female workers earn about 65 percent of the income earned by males for equivalent jobs. In terms of education, women do not lag behind men as females under thirty-five either have equal or more education than men.

Middle- and upper-class women are generally well educated and are not only employed in traditional fields such as nursing, teaching, and social services but also as doctors, engineers, lawyers, and economists.

The Relative Status of Women and Men. Women and men are equal under Chilean law and the state is obliged to provide both sexes equal employment opportunities. Women possess a great deal of influence and are very active in almost all fields of Chilean society. In the private sphere Chilean men almost always socialize with their friends in the company of their girlfriends or wives, and the latter do participate in conversations and discussions on equal footing.

Also due to the strong class nature of Chilean society, women of middle- and upper-class backgrounds have immensely more social status, power, and access to good jobs than males from the lower classes. Nevertheless, as a whole women in Chile possess a lower status than men. This is particularly visible in the political field where power relations find its main expression. Women obtained full electoral rights only in and they have seldom filled more than 7 percent of the parliamentary seats.

Marriage is one of the most significant rites of passage among Chileans. Although inscription of the marriage at the civil register is sufficient for it to be officially recognized under Chilean law, most Chileans find that a wedding is not really complete without a church ceremony. Everyone is free to marry whomever he or she wants, but because Chile is a class-conscious society, people in general marry persons from similar social and educational backgrounds.

Weddings are normally not ostentatious and wedding parties are mostly organized at home or in a small hall near the church. Commonly, Chileans marry young in their early or mid-twenties and tend to have children relatively soon after marriage. Only 12 percent of Chilean women are still single at the age of forty-five.

People have quite conventional views about premarital sex, and living together before marriage is still relatively rare only 3 percent of women between the ages of twenty-five and forty-four. Because of the considerable religious and political influence of the Roman Catholic Church, Chile is the only country in Latin America without a divorce law.

Instead, couples who want to end their marriage request an annulment of the civil marriage, under the pretext that a procedural error was made during the civil marriage ceremony. As this implies a costly legal procedure, many Chileans just informally terminate a marriage, but this bars them from marrying again under Chilean law. The nuclear family is by far the dominant household unit in Chile. Ninety percent of the population lives with their family while only 8.

Family size has strongly decreased in recent decades. The average family consists of four persons, and the average number of children is 2. Chile is among the countries with the lowest fertility rate in Latin America, and with the most rapid rate of decrease.

In most households 79 percent authority is held by men. Female-led households can mainly be found among low-income sectors. Particularly among the middle and upper classes, housewives possess a large degree of discretional power in decisions concerning the ruling of their homes including acquisition of furniture and financial matters and the children's education. According to Chilean law and customs, when the father passes away half of the estate passes to his wife.

The other half is divided by the number of children plus two parts for the mother. So in a family with two children, the mother inherits three-quarters of the estate. Age or gender differences among the children do not alter their rights to equal parts of the inheritance. Until very recently, however, Chilean legislation made a differentiation between "legitimate" born within the marriage and "illegitimate" children. Depending on the specific situation, the latter had fewer or no rights for obtaining a part of the estate.

In early this discriminatory legislation was abolished. Although the nuclear family constitutes the basis of Chilean households, grandparents continue to exert considerable authority in family affairs.

Moreover, and either by necessity or by choice, grandparents especially widowed grandparents frequently live with the family of one of their daughters or sons. Married children normally visit their parents over the weekend and it is not uncommon for them to talk with their parents by phone almost daily. Aunts, uncles, and cousins are also considered to be close relatives and they frequently meet at family and social gatherings.

Particularly in the lower classes, the extended family represents an indispensable source of support for coping with difficulties in hard times. Chile's mountainous regions force architects to be creative, as these apartments built into a hillside in Renaca show.

Chilean children are primarily cared for by their mothers. Both in the lower classes and within indigenous groups, however, older brothers and sisters do fill an important role in caring for toddlers, as their parents often work outside the home. In an increasing number of public services, ministries, and large factories, day care facilities for children are at the disposition of working mothers.

Child Rearing and Education. Young children are generally raised in a relatively relaxed manner. They are not sent to bed very early and fully participate in social and family gatherings, sometimes until very late at night.

Chilean parents are generally inclined to pampering their children, by buying what they demand or by surprising them with presents at any time of the year. Children are not explicitly encouraged to learn to become independent but rather are coaxed to remain close and loyal to the family whatever their age. So youngsters in Chile tend to become independent at a relatively late age, as they often leave home only when they marry. Parental authority remains even after children have an independent life, as parents believe they have still the right to get involved in important decisions and personal problems.

Chileans from all social backgrounds are very conscious about the importance of providing a good education for their children. As a rule, parents are geared up to make immense financial sacrifices to send their children to good schools and to finance their further education.

The number of higher education centers in Chile has dramatically increased during the last decade. In Chile had eight universities, while by this number increased to sixty, most of them being private institutions. In addition, the country has eighty professional institutes and technical training centers. Among young people aged eighteen to twenty-four, 19 percent attend an institution of higher education.

Chilean etiquette does not differ very much from that of Western societies. Although Chileans are in general less formal than other Latin Americans, they definitively follow certain rules in social gatherings. During formal occasions people shake hands in a restrained way, while good friends may shake hands and embrace. Chilean women normally salute acquaintances both male and female with one kiss on the right cheek. Chileans commonly use the formal "you" usted to address persons, independently of the interlocutor's social status.

Chileans are generally quite punctual for their business appointments. When invited into a home for dinner, however, it is expected that the guest will not show up before some twenty minutes after the agreed time.

Chileans are quite restrained in public spaces and restaurants and it is particularly bad form to talk too loudly. It is also considered imprudent to talk about the authoritarian past, Pinochet, the armed forces, and the like in social gatherings, as Chileans are quite divided on these sensitive subjects.

A large majority of Chileans 73 percent are affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Some 15 percent of the population identifies itself with several Protestant groups. This includes Anglicans and Lutherans, but the vast majority of Chilean Protestants 90 percent belong to the Pentecostal Church. Another 4 percent of the population belongs to other religious groups Jews, Muslims, and Greek Orthodox , while 8 percent claim not to profess any religion.

Chileans profoundly respect the religious beliefs of others, and religion seldom constitutes a source for conflict or disagreement. The national authorities of the Roman Catholic Church have historically exerted a high degree of influence in Chile.

The Church also offered legal support and institutional protection to many persecuted people. Traditionally, the Chilean clergy made up of about two thousand priests, half of them foreign, and fifty-five hundred nuns have firmly embraced the cause of social justice. Following democratic restoration, Chilean bishops have actively participated in national debates about divorce, abortion, and the role of the family in modern society.

Rituals and Holy Places. Many popular religious celebrations and processions are held in Chile. One of the most colorful is the Festival of La Tirana. This festival is celebrated for three days in July in the village of La Tirana, some 40 miles 64 kilometers inland from the northern port of Iquique, near the Atacama Desert.

This celebration is strongly influenced by the carnival of Oruro, Bolivia. During the celebrations, some , people dance through the streets in colorful costumes and devil masks. The Festival of La Tirana is an expression of the religious blend between Catholicism and ancient indigenous practices.

Some people walk many miles on their knees to show their respect to the virgin and as recompense for the favors she has granted them. Death and the Afterlife.

Chileans pay great tribute to loved ones who have passed away. Following death a wake and a funeral are held at a church where close friends and the extended family assist to the religious service.

Most Chilean prefers graves, but in recent years an increasing number of people choose to be cremated. It is common practice that each year on the anniversary of the death, a Catholic mass is offered in the deceased's memory.

On November 1, All Saints' Day, a large number of Chileans visit the cemetery to bring flowers to the grave of family members and friends. Most Chileans believe that there is an afterlife. Chile has one of the best health care systems in Latin America. Around 90 percent of the population is insured through public 61 percent and private 28 percent schemes to obtain access to all types of health services.

National health expenditure is 8 percent of the country's GDP. The public health system has 9. There are, however, big differences in the quality of medical help among the different income groups. While upper- and middle-class Chileans normally make use of the services of private clinics with excellent physicians and the latest medical technology, the lower class are forced to make use of relatively poorly-equipped public care centers and hospitals.

Behind the modern health care system, there is a habit in Chile of self-medication and the use of traditional herbs. In southern Chile, elderly Mapuche Indians still consult their female shamans machis when they have health problems. Labor Day 1 May is a national holiday. Union leaders and government officials participate in worker gatherings that celebrate the importance of labor to the nation. In coastal cities, people commemorate Prats and his crew by boarding small boats covered with Chilean flags and throwing flowers into the sea.

The celebration of Chilean independence in takes place on 18 September. Chileans go into the streets to celebrate with folk dances and national dishes. This is the country's most important secular celebration. Horses pull fishing boats with the morning catch onto a beach in Papudo. In recent years, indigenous groups have made it clear that this celebration does not represent everyone in the country.

These holidays also mark the initiation of the summer vacation period for many people. Support for the Arts. Until very recently, Chilean artists rarely obtained any financial support for their work from the state or other institutions.

In the Chilean Ministry of Education created Fondart, a national fund for the development of art and culture. Poetry has been the leading form within Chilean literature. The epic poem La Araucana , written in the sixteenth century by the Spanish poet Alonso de Ercilla, is considered Chile's first major literary work. In this classical work, Ercilla wonders at the natural beauty of Chile and expresses his admiration for the brave Araucanian Indians.

In the twentieth century two great Chilean poets were awarded the Nobel prize in literature. Pablo Neruda received the Nobel prize in Both poets expressed in their work their love for both the nature and the people of Chile and the rest of Latin America. Chilean graphic arts have been dominated by paintings. A good collection of the work of major Chilean painters since the nineteenth century are displayed in the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago.

During the twentieth century Chile produced several painters who have achieved fame outside the country, particularly in Europe and the United States. For instance, the works of Nemesio Antunez, Claudio Bravo, and Roberto Matta are present in major world art collections. Traditional folk music offers the best of Chile's performance arts. One of the country's greatest folk musicians has been Violeta Parra.

During the s and s she travelled through the Chilean countryside to collect folk music and began to perform it in Santiago artistic circles.

This was the beginning of a fruitful and creative period for Chilean folk music. The classical pianist Claudio Arrau was Chile's most prominent performance artist of the twentieth century. Its main role is to advise the Chilean authorities in all matters referring science and technology. This commission also provides scholarships for M. In the period — a total of individuals obtained a four-year scholarships for their Ph.

D, and for a M. In a National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development was established to finance first-rate research projects. Chilean social sciences are very prestigious in Latin America. They are practiced not only in universities but also in a large number of well-known private institutions that are mainly concentrated in Santiago. Arroyo, Gonzalo et al. Historia del pueblo Mapuche, 2 ed. Brennan, John, and Alvaro Taboada. How to Survive in the Chilean Jungle?

A Guide to the People, Politics, and Culture, Culture and Customs of Chile, Collier, Simon, and William F. A History of Chile, —, Cultures of the World: The Legacy of Spanish Capitalism, 2nd ed. Chilean Agriculture Overview, , Where the Land Ends, Roraff, Susan, and Laura Camacho.

A Guide to Customs and Etiquette, Published in English by Macmillan as Chile: A Geographical Extravaganza, Historia de las ideas y de la cultura en Chile, 2 vols. A Remote Corner on Earth, Three Generations of Chilean Cuisine, Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey through Chile, Alternative Names The self-name is cultura chilena.

History and Ethnic Relations Emergence of the Nation. Urbanism, Architecture, and the Use of Space Most Chilean towns and cities were originally designed following the classical Spanish pattern. Food and Economy Food in Daily Life. Social Stratification Classes and Castes. Social Welfare and Change Programs Since the restoration of democratic rule in the fight against poverty has become one of the primary goals of successive governments.

Marriage, Family and Kinship Marriage. Etiquette Chilean etiquette does not differ very much from that of Western societies. Secular Celebrations Labor Day 1 May is a national holiday. The Arts and Humanities Support for the Arts. Bibliography Arroyo, Gonzalo et al. Chilean Rural Society, Chile since Independence, Mujeres latinoamericanas en cifras: Land and Society, The article was very good It was wonderful to read about my country Chile, I am living now in Australia for a while..

But I would like to add one thing Means that now We can talk about the Divorce in Chile I think the new law start in Very good. Jose Antonio Jaramillo Charles. Just two comments the name is Arturo Prat not Prats. Pablo Neruda is also a psuedonym his real name was Neftali Reyes Basualto.

I will be making a dance about chile. It's somehow funny to read about how ones country is seen through the eyes of foreigners. Now Chile has 15 regions including the metropolitan region. Fantastic article, very informative and very helpful when doing assignments!

Thannks so much for this article. I have a huge project like many others who have already posted, with 3 pages of info I had to find! Due in 2 days. This really was the best article yet. So much info, and it made it alot easier because we have to include citations and now instead of copying 20, I just need one.

This is a great article, but why are the first letters spaced every time? Still, the info was great, and extremely useful! Thank you very much for the article.

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