ABSTRACT

In this chapter a qualitative perspective is offered into the ways in which the intricate political positioning operates, providing evidence of the views and experiences of a group of female residents of Santiago's wealthiest neighbourhoods. Untangling their narratives on subjects such as belonging, residential and school choice, and mothering practices, we show that politics and an overtly political discourse is a contested and potentially controversial issue for everyday social reproduction, as the most privileged groups tend to lean away from the subject and expressions thereof. In this chapter, we analyse the difficulty in dealing with political orientations within the group, especially for those interviewees who appear more progressive or who are from lower middle-class backgrounds. These cases serve to introduce the complex ways in which interviewees’ positions bring them face-to-face with their own privilege and require them to handle the thornier aspects of political orientations. Thus, we explore the intricate ways of negotiating the tensions involved in adherence to certain political positions while avoiding unnecessary disruption, as well as the challenges and euphemisms involved in navigating political narratives, arguing that avoidance of overtly ‘political’ socialisation requires compliance with a particular form of ‘civic morality’.