Date of Award


Author's School

College of Arts & Sciences

Author's Department/Program

International and Area Studies

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


This work begins by exploring the concepts of class and class-consciousness as they are represented in the Chilean teleserie, Pobre Rico (2012-13), examining elements of class-marked aesthetics, linguistics and spaces in Santiago as these are manifested in the television program. The work will question how these representations relate to national, urban realities, and problematize the manner in which they at times reflect, exaggerate and/or misrepresent particular attitudes, dynamics and realities of class stratification in present-day, urban Chilean society. The work then examines how representations of class in Chilean television and media have evolved in the past three decades, since the final years of General Augusto Pinochet’s military regime (1973-1990). This study progresses through three “phases” of teleseries, from the end of the military regime through two decades of democratic transition, examining a parallel transition and thematic opening with respect to class representation in fictional television shows. All programs analyzed in this study aired on Chile’s national network, TVN, which underwent congressionally mandated reform following the end of the dictatorship.


English (en)

Advisor/Committee Chair

Ignacio Sánchez Prado