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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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MOLINA C, WALTER. Regional identity in Magallanes, its symbolic and territorial expressions. Magallania [online]. 2011, vol.39, n.1, pp.59-69. ISSN 0718-2244.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22442011000100003.

This article presents the most notable results from a quantitative study directed to explore and describe the regional identity perceived by the inhabitants of the Region ‘Magallanes y Antártica Chilena’, from the design and application of a survey of regional identity carried out during the second semester of the year 2009. Among the most outstanding conclusions of the study we find the clear awareness expressed by people of belonging to a regional group with own characteristics (86,2%). this sense of belonging is high in all the provinces of the region, reaching up to 91% in the province of ‘Última Esperanza’ (Puerto Natales). On the other hand, some of the territorial and symbolic elements appreciated by the people of the Magallanes region are: the positive appreciation of the family life, safety and tranquility of the region, the riches of its fora and fauna, among others highlighted aspects. this has a relation with what from the theoretical point of view is stated about a regional identity, that is to say, that this emerges when the people feel deep and emotionally linked to a territory, its history, traditions, landscapes and all those cultural expressions which provide singularity to a region or locality (Amtmann, 1997).

Keywords : regional identity; symbolic expressions; territory; sense of belonging.

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