chapter  4
The Gendered Production of Working Bodies and Aquaculture Industry in Chiloé, Chile
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For centuries, inhabitants of the Chiloé islands in southern Chile carried out a constellation of activities that included farming, fishing, collecting shellfish and seaweed, forestry, carpentry, spinning and weaving. Until recently, local production was mostly oriented toward the sustenance and reproduction of local people and culture. Both scholarly and popular literature portrayed the archipelago as historically isolated from the rest of Chile and characterized it either as an undeveloped backwater or a living museum of distinct culture.