Inconsistency in policy elites’ support for movement claims: Feminist advocacy in two regions of Peru
2013 (English)In: Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change / [ed] Patrick G. Coy, Bingley, U.K.: Emerald , 2013, Vol. 36, 107-132 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
This paper bridges cultural and political approaches to determine why elite support for movement claims may be inconsistent across the policy process. I analyze this question empirically through sixteen in-depth interviews with government officials in two regions of Peru: Arequipa and Cusco. Regional officials’ appraised feminist advocacy in two opposing ways. First, they valued feminist advocates’ contributions to policy processes, which enabled them to advance reproductive rights and gender equity initiatives. They also perceived women as a group deserving of these initiatives and framed gender policies in terms of rights and equality. Second, they were critical of feminist advocates’ weaknesses in mobilizing support, which hindered the officials’ own ability to advance reproductive rights and gender equity initiatives. Furthermore, regional officials understood reproductive rights and gender equality to be thwarted by the State’s economic instrumentalism and by the Catholic Church’s ultra-conservatism. This research shows how a cultural approach to policy elites’ support for movement claims goes beyond their individual attitudes and calculations to capture their perceptions, frames and understandings tied to the broader cultural context. This wider conceptualization in turn helps clarify inconsistencies in policy elites’ support for movement claims across the policy process.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bingley, U.K.: Emerald , 2013. Vol. 36, 107-132 p.
, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, ISSN 0163-786X ; 36
Cultural approach, feminist advocacy, movement claims, policy elites’ support, Peru
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-67656ISBN: 9781781907337 (electronic bk)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-67656DiVA: diva2:613007
This work was undertaken through the generous support from the Department of Sociology, Umeå University, Stiftelsen Lars Hiertas Minne Fond, and JC Kempes Minnes Akademiska Forskningsfond.2013-03-262013-03-262015-03-27Bibliographically approved