"Era un pleito" : gender dynamics and the politics of immediate needs in Loma Verde, Nicaragua


"Era un pleito" : gender dynamics and the politics of immediate needs in Loma Verde, Nicaragua

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dc.contributor.advisor Auyero, Javier
dc.creator Neumann, Pamela Jane
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-07T16:32:55Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-07T16:32:55Z
dc.date.created 2011-05
dc.date.issued 2011-07-07
dc.date.submitted May 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-2713
dc.description.abstract Much attention has been paid to the increasingly important role of women as social and political actors in Latin America. Though recent scholarship has examined women's activism in primarily urban contexts, this paper focuses on the case of poor rural women in Nicaragua. Based on participant observation and interview data collected over five consecutive weeks, this paper traces the pathways by which women's activism emerged in a context where traditional gender roles still predominate. These women's forms of participation—often on the basis of their interests as mothers—constitute a "politics of immediate needs” that responds to concrete matters of survival while introducing new issues of direct concern to women into the public sphere. However, community participation has also generated additional burdens for women who now juggle productive, reproductive, and activist roles. By exploring the complexities of these dynamics, this paper provides an ethnographic account of the highly nuanced contestatory process by which women enter the public sphere, collectively organize, and begin to challenge various gendered aspects of their society.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Chinandega (Nicaragua : Dept.)
dc.subject Women
dc.subject Latin America
dc.subject Loma Verde
dc.subject Public participation
dc.subject Activism
dc.subject Rural women
dc.title "Era un pleito" : gender dynamics and the politics of immediate needs in Loma Verde, Nicaragua
dc.date.updated 2011-07-07T16:33:00Z
dc.identifier.slug 2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-2713
dc.contributor.committeeMember Garrard-Burnett, Virginia
dc.description.department Latin American Studies
dc.type.genre thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department Latin American Studies
thesis.degree.discipline Latin American Studies
thesis.degree.grantor University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts

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