Ph.D. Research topic
The research project is developed in relation to the historical backdrop of deep-seated unequal access to power on the basis of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in Bolivia, adding the twists and turns of the prevalence of various gender ideals, and the rising political influence of indigenous groups in the last decades. In my doctoral thesis I want to analyze notions of race, ethnicity, and gender as expressed on an individual and organizational level in relation to questions pertaining to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). During my fieldwork I want to follow the everyday work of personnel and activists of an organization dedicated to the improvement of SRHR. Additionally, as I am predominantly interested in how young women understand and perceive their bodies in relation to norms, values, and state policies, I want to interview female adolescents that come in contact with the organization through its projects, e.g. through sexuality education that the organization provides.
My analysis of the material will particularly deal with how notions of gender, race, and ethnicity come to matter as matter in terms of different bodies’ opportunities and standards of acceptable body behavior.
A fieldwork during a period of twelve months is planned to be initiated in the beginning of the year 2014.