Under biblatex, if an @incollection entry had no bookpagination field, this would be understood to have a default value of "pages", and where necessary the page range would be preceded by p. or pp.. However, in biblatex-chicago this is no longer the case:
This, a standard biblatex field, allows you automatically to prefix the appropriate string bookpagination to information you provide in a pages field. If you leave it blank, the default is to print no identifying string (the equivalent of setting it to none), as this is the practice the Manual recommends for nearly all page numbers.
(From the biblatex-chicago manual, p. 24 http://ctan.math.washington.edu/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/biblatex-contrib/biblatex-chicago/doc/biblatex-chicago.pdf)
Is it possible to change this, so that the default behaviour is again to put in "p." or "pp." (i.e. to have the default be "pages" rather than "none")? I could of course go through my (now very long) bib file and add in an explicit line
bookpagination = "pages",
to every @incollection item, but this would be inefficient. Is there any way to do this globally?