Cultural Politics among Latin American Organizations Oriented toward Strategic Gender Interests: A Comparison of Chile, Mexico, and Uruguay, 1990–2012

By Gloria Miryam Mora Guerrero.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies

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The research objective was to compare the relationships between the political culture of the Chilean, Mexican, and Uruguayan states and the cultural politics of women’s organizations oriented toward strategic gender interests within each country. It was a qualitative study with an interpretive focus. The methodological strategy was based on the comparative method for qualitative studies, which included the study of women’s organizations from each country. The techniques used for data collection were interview and documental analysis. The processing of the information was carried out in accordance with the procedure of Grounded Theory. The results show that in the three case studies, the state’s stability and the dominant political practices that reproduce gender-based inequalities in the political arena are crucial to explain how the meanings and practices of democracy carry over from the point of view of the organizations. The conclusions enhance understanding of how political practices are affected by the cultural logic of gender, and how women’s cultural struggles pursue political and citizenship transformations.

Keywords: Political Culture, Cultural Politics, Strategic Gender Interests, Women’s Social Movements, Comparative Method

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.7-25. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 16, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 736.319KB)).

Gloria Miryam Mora Guerrero

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Universidad Católica de Temuco, Chile