The dilemmas of working from within. Feminist academics in Mexican universities: Social origins, institutional experiences, and social activism

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Title:
The dilemmas of working from within. Feminist academics in Mexican universities: Social origins, institutional experiences, and social activism
Author:
Bracamontes Ayon, Ana Maria
Issue Date:
2003
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
This dissertation explores the experiences of feminist academics in Mexican universities, particularly how they perceive themselves and their work in relation to the broader Mexican women's movement. My analysis is based on interviews with academic feminist professors in three different woman's studies programs in Mexican higher education institutions, as well as document analysis of curricula vitae, syllabi, and other programmatic materials from those academic units. I find that the social origins and institutional positions of these women yield a complex, variegated set of perspectives, pointing to the value of a post-structural reading of peoples' lived experiences. At the same time, I find patterns in terms of the pressures and directional push of professionalization, Western feminisms, and the new managerialism that yield important commonalities in the perspectives of feminist academics in Mexican universities. Overall, there is a clear sense of a division of labor in feminisms, with academic feminists playing an important but distanced role relative to grassroots community-based activists and women from the base. They appear as experts who generate ideas and influence public policy through scholarly activity.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Education, Sociology of.; Women's Studies.; Education, Higher.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Higher Education
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Rhoades, Gary

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleThe dilemmas of working from within. Feminist academics in Mexican universities: Social origins, institutional experiences, and social activismen_US
dc.creatorBracamontes Ayon, Ana Mariaen_US
dc.contributor.authorBracamontes Ayon, Ana Mariaen_US
dc.date.issued2003en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation explores the experiences of feminist academics in Mexican universities, particularly how they perceive themselves and their work in relation to the broader Mexican women's movement. My analysis is based on interviews with academic feminist professors in three different woman's studies programs in Mexican higher education institutions, as well as document analysis of curricula vitae, syllabi, and other programmatic materials from those academic units. I find that the social origins and institutional positions of these women yield a complex, variegated set of perspectives, pointing to the value of a post-structural reading of peoples' lived experiences. At the same time, I find patterns in terms of the pressures and directional push of professionalization, Western feminisms, and the new managerialism that yield important commonalities in the perspectives of feminist academics in Mexican universities. Overall, there is a clear sense of a division of labor in feminisms, with academic feminists playing an important but distanced role relative to grassroots community-based activists and women from the base. They appear as experts who generate ideas and influence public policy through scholarly activity.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectEducation, Sociology of.en_US
dc.subjectWomen's Studies.en_US
dc.subjectEducation, Higher.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHigher Educationen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorRhoades, Garyen_US
dc.identifier.proquest3108888en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b44824993en_US
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