How gender hierarchies matter in youth activism: young people's mobilizing around sexual health in Ecuador and Peru
2013 (English)In: Journal of Youth Studies, ISSN 1367-6261, E-ISSN 1469-9680, Vol. 16, no 6, 695-711 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Despite a growing body of research on youth activism, few studies examine how this intersects with gender. Our study aimed to explore whether and how young activists themselves perceived gender hierarchies as needing to be addressed through their collective action on sexual health in Peru and Ecuador. Using Grounded Theory, qualitative data was collected and analyzed from young activists across four cases. Cases ranged in complexity from a single youth organization operating at the district level to numerous youth organizations articulating at the national level. We linked the GT analysis to a conceptual framework based on Tayor’s (1999) theorizing of gender and social movements. Accordingly, young activists perceived gender, and even class, “race” and age, as salient to their collective actions. These actions corresponded to the social movement concept of mobilizing structures that consist of pre-existing structures, tactics and organizations. Young activists understood gender and other social categories as imbued by power differentials and therefore as social hierarchies, within which their activism was embedded. The paper thereby demonstrates the need for an enhanced conceptual framework for the study of youth activism and its intersection with gender hierarchies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2013. Vol. 16, no 6, 695-711 p.
Activism, gender, Latin America, social movement theory, social hierarchies, youth
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject Sociology; Public health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60925DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2012.744815OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-60925DiVA: diva2:564684
FunderFAS, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, 2006-1512
This work was partly undertaken within the Umeå Center for Global Health Research with support from FAS, the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (grant no 2006-1512). The authors are also grateful for the generous support Family Care International for providing funding that made the research possible.2012-11-022012-11-022015-04-29Bibliographically approved