Speaking of studies on historically marginalized groups, Americas Quarterly recently issued its report on inclusiveness in Latin America, finding Chile to be the most inclusive Latin American country (at 71.9 out of 100), and Guatemala the least inclusive (at 7.5 out of 100). The findings draw on metrics that include “economic competitiveness, percent of national GDP spent on social programs, level of political and civil freedoms, and citizen perception of personal empowerment and government responsiveness in that country.” One can argue with the metrics; while I don’t immediately dismiss the role of “perception of personal empowerment,” I also wonder what the utility of perception is in comparison to actual lived personal empowerment, and if the two are close. That said, it’s an interesting study, though obviously, throughout the region (including Chile), there’s a long way to go for inclusion of the LGBT community, as well as for indigenous peoples, the urban poor, women, and others.
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