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Sociology Research


Dr. Jorge Saavedra Utman is Teaching Associate at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, currently in charge of the MPhil in Sociology (Media and Culture pathway), teaching on the SOC 7 module (Media, Culture and Society), study skills sessions, and undergraduate dissertations.

Originally from Chile, Jorge completed a PhD in Media and Communications (Goldsmiths, UK, 2017) a MA in Political Communication (University of Chile, Chile, 2010) and a BA in Social Communication (Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile, 2005).

Jorge's research addresses media and communication from non-institutional political perspectives, the relationship between mediation, participation and democracy, and counter-hegemonic struggles in Latin America. His latest book in English is The Media Commons and Social Movements: Grassroots Mediations against Neoliberal Politics (Routledge, 2019).

Research Interests

Dr Saavedra Utman's main research interest is centred on the mediations of non-mainstream politics, media systems, participation and cultural studies, and Latin American cultural politics.


SOC7: Media, Culture and Society

MPhil in Media and Culture

Study Skills


Key Publications - Books

Saavedra Utman, J. and Poblete Vásquez, M. 2012. Historia Social de los Teatros en Chile: Melipilla en el Siglo XX [Social History of Theatres in Chile: Melipilla in the 20th Century]. Santiago: Chancacazo.

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Saavedra Utman, J. and Miller, T. 2021. ‘Chile: The Rock of Political Culture and the Hard Place of Cultural Policy’. In Gunnar Iversen and Scott MacKenzie (Eds.) Images of Sound and Fury: Mapping the Rockumentary, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Saavedra Utman, J. 2019. ‘Occupying Space and Time. Enabling Communicative Ecologies for Democracy’. In Patricia Vilches (Ed.) Del Aire al Aire: Negotiating Space in Latin America. Boston, Leiden: Brill Publishers.

Saavedra Utman, J. and Poblete Vásquez, M. 2018. ‘Entender los Teatros de Pueblo en el Siglo XX: Posibles Lecciones para los Centros Culturales del Siglo XXI’ [To Understand Local Towns in 20th Century: Possible Lessons for Cultural Centres of the 21th Century]. En Yáñez Canal, C; Rucker, U; Valenzuela Gómez, M. (Eds.), La Gestión Cultural desde Latinoamérica, volumen Formación e Investigación: Referencias y Retos del Campo Disciplinar [Cultural Management from Latin America, volume Education and Research: Challenges and References of the Field] (228-239). Guadalajara: Egac-Red Latinoamericana de Gestión Cultural-Universidad De Guadalajara.

Saavedra Utman, J. 2016. ‘Public Physical Practices' in the Rendering of the Commons: Chilean Students in 2011. In Stuart Price and Ruth Sanz-Sabido (Eds.) Sites of Protest (127-142). London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Saavedra Utman, J. Dorcé, A. Miller, T, and Uribe-Jongbloed, E. 2021. Cybertarianism further exposed: Chile, Colombia, Mexico and the COVID-19 conjuncture, Journal of Digital Media & Policy 12 (1) 97-116(20).

Saavedra Utman, J. and Contreras Cerda, J. 2021. Editorial: abuse and disobedience: Chile’s October and the end of neoliberalism, Social Identities, 27(5) 517-520.

Saavedra Utman, J. 2020. Subversive Communication Against Neoliberalism, Popular Communication, 18:3, 155-169.

Saavedra Utman, J. 2019. La Voz Como Bien Común Expropiado [Voice as an Expropriated Commons], Persona y Sociedad, 33 (2), 17-41.

Saavedra Utman, J. and Miller, T. 2017. The Insignificance of David Bowie: Latin America’s Refusal of a World Icon. Continuum, Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 31:4, 509-518.

Saavedra Utman, J. and Poblete, M. 2015. Los Teatros en el Chile Intimo del Siglo XX: Una Aproximación Sociológica desde una Historia Local. Atenea (Concepción), 512, 285-302.

Saavedra Utman, J. 2015. Social Movements and Media in the Neoliberal Chile. IC Journal, 11, 79-101.

Saavedra Utman, J. 2013. Liderazgos Subalternos y Construcción Medial Chile 2007-2011. Revista Autónoma de Comunicación.

Key Publications - Other

Saavedra Utman, J. 2015. Book review: Media systems and communication policies in Latin America. Global Media and Communication, 11(1), 82–84.

Saavedra Utman, J. 2015. From America to Latino: Popular Music and the Kidnapping of Latin America. Street Signs, the Latin American Edition. Publication of the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, 24-25.

Media Articles

Job Title:
Teaching Associate in Sociology
Dr Jorge Saavedra Utman