Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Social movements as sites of knowledge production: Precarious work, the fate of care and activist research in a globalizing Spain
by Casas-Cortes, Maria Isabel, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009, 535; 3387979
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation centers on the shifting cultures of labor within the European Union due to economic flexibilization, new patterns of feminine work and transformations in immigration. I analyze how civil society efforts are engaging these overlapping processes through the practice of activist research. These grassroots projects design, conduct and distribute their own research, influencing public debates and everyday understandings of labor. The study focuses on contemporary european movements engaging transforming notions and practices of work: mainly, the increasing “precarization ” of labor conditions and everyday life; and the effects generating what these movements call a “care crisis” with reference to changes in social reproduction. I focus on Spanish feminist organizations as exemplary of alternative development models stemming from social movements.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Escobar, Arturo
Commitee: Grossberg, Lawrence, Holland, Dorothy, Pickles, John, Price, Charles
School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 71/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Geography, Womens studies
Keywords: Care work, Ethnography, Europe, Globalization, Labor flexibilization, Social movements, Spain
Publication Number: 3387979
ISBN: 978-1-109-54695-8
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