Women’s Motivations for Contested Land-Use Activism and Community Organizing in Sicily

dc.contributor.advisorSturm, Circe
dc.creatorLuongo, Sophia
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-14T21:14:32Z
dc.date.available2021-05-14T21:14:32Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.description.abstractThe environmental toxification and health concerns that arise from land mismanagement, corruption, and deregulation on the local level in Sicily are situated within a broader system of economic, governmental, and global power dynamics that can make grassroots opposition appear futile. Nonetheless, the primarily woman-led Rete dei Comitati Territoriali Siciliani is a grassroots collective of committees that organize against detrimental construction projects by pushing for increased regulation and advocating for community-based development. The activists who engage in this form of resistance organizing are aware of the scale of the problems and global entrenchment of the systems they oppose, choosing to nonetheless dedicate time, resources, and ultimately themselves to protect their territory and their community. In this context, why are women motivated to become activists, and how is long-term activism sustainable? To answer these questions, I interviewed eight activists in the Rete, gathered Facebook and committee website data, and situated these data within Sicilian geopolitical history and culture. I make the argument that the choice to take action, while frequently considered a decision made in a single moment, can be more accurately described as the result of a lifetime of gendered power dynamics and social pressures. These pressures are centered around the desire for self-determination and the presence of moral familism (as opposed to amoral) within Sicilian culture. The Rete fosters a communal identity situated around “women’s sensibilities and solidarity” where joy is unexpectedly and necessarily present, enabling the continuation of this “exhausting” work.en_US
dc.description.departmentAnthropologyen_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/85711
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/12662
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofHonors Thesesen_US
dc.rights.restrictionOpenen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmenten_US
dc.subjectWomenen_US
dc.subjectGenderen_US
dc.subjectItalyen_US
dc.subjectSicilyen_US
dc.subjectToxificationen_US
dc.subjectActivismen_US
dc.subjectOrganized Crimeen_US
dc.subjectCorruptionen_US
dc.subjectResistanceen_US
dc.subjectPoweren_US
dc.subjectSelf-Determinationen_US
dc.titleWomen’s Motivations for Contested Land-Use Activism and Community Organizing in Sicilyen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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