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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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Abstract

ESTRADA GOIC, CLAUDIA  and  AVENDANO ALARCON, SERGIO. DO THE MAGELLANIC THAT THIER CULTURE HAS UNIQUE ESSENCE?: DESCRIPTIVE STUDY OF THE APLICATION OF AN INSTRUMENT OF CULTURAL ESSENTIALISM EVALUATION OF A PUNTARENESE SAMPLE. Magallania [online]. 2008, vol.36, n.2, pp.155-162. ISSN 0718-2244.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22442008000200010.

This research aimed to make a description of the presence of beliefs associated with psychological essentialism in the characteristics' perception of the Magellan's culture. The sample consisted of two hundred habitants of the city of Punta Arenas who were provided voluntarily to particípate in the study. We used a non-experimental descriptive design. A brief questionnaire was used to measure cultural essentialism. The results indícate that a high percentage of participants have essentialist beliefs about the Magellan's identity. Some ideas that illustrate this result are the high adherence to assertions regarding Magellan's identity is hereditary, is part of the depths part of identity and must be protected from other cultures. Some of its implications for inter-group relations and prospects for future research are discussed.

Keywords : Essentialism; culture; identity.

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