They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism

*They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism* By Julie Shayne

They Used to Call Us Witches is an informative, highly readable account of the role played by Chilean women exiles during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet from 1973-1990. Through the use of extensive interviews, sociologist Julie Shayne looks at the movement organized by exiled Chileans in Vancouver, British Columbia, to denounce Pinochet’s dictatorship and support those who remained in Chile. Shayne tells the very human story of these exiled Chilean women, and in doing so, provides a glimpse into the struggle of other Chilean exile communities around the world. This book should be read by those interested in social movements, women’s studies, feminism, Latin American politics and history, and cultural studies.


“Julie Shayne’s powerful book on Chilean women exiles in Canada offers a new and illuminating perspective on recent Chilean history and the meaning of exile. Shayne discusses, both theoretically and empirically, how culture, gender, and emotion sustained those in exile and contributed to building a transnational solidarity movement.” —Margaret Power, Illinois Institute of Technology

“They Used to Call Us Witches tells a fascinating and moving story of women in the Chilean Solidarity Movement. It’s not the kind of story we’ve come to expect these days from scholars of social movements—that is, a story of political opportunism and the calculated framing of soundbites. Instead, Shayne tells a story of passionate political and moral commitment. It’s a story of how shared political views and a large dose of anger and hope accompanied an amazing group of Chilean women on a journey from exile and despair to solidarity and protest.” —Jeff Goodwin, New York University

“Julie Shayne examines Chilean women exiles in Vancouver, British Columbia, through a gendered lens to illuminate the central role of women in the resistance to the Pinochet dictatorship. This ground-breaking study is a must read for anyone interested in Latin American mass exile of the 1970s and 1980s and in women’s history.” —Thomas C. Wright, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Julie Shayne is a lecturer at the University of Washington-Bothell, teaching courses about women, development, and social change in Latin America and the Third World. She is author of The Revolution Question: Feminisms in El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba (Rutgers University Press, 2004). For more information about this project, contact Julie Shayne at

CLOTH: ISBN 978-0-7391-1849-8 ? December 2009 ? 320 pages ? Regular price: $85.00 ? After discount: $68.00 PAPERBACK: ISBN 978-0-7391-1850-4 ? December 2009 ? 320 pages ? Regular price: $34.95 ? After discount: $27.96

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— Julie Shayne, Ph.D.
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Center for University Studies and Programs
University of Washington, Bothell
Women Studies
University of Washington, Seattle

They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism

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