Marisol Verdugo (Manchester): 'Neoliberal feminisms? Hopes of social mobility and ordinary feminisms among Chilean youths'
|Dates:||20 November 2019|
|Times:||17:00 - 18:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Speaker:||Marisol Verdugo Paiva|
In 2017, when the so-called fourth wave of feminism in Chile was about to erupt in large feminist strikes across the country a year later, school-aged young women in the city of Concepción were beginning to call themselves feminist and criticise the machismo of parents and teachers. The vocabulary of feminism frame their ideas of education, their hopes of becoming economically independent from men and their dreams of helping their parents, especially mothers, to salir adelante (move forward) from poverty and machista relationships. Education plays a pivotal role in these hopes, since the shift of the economy of the city from industrial to services sector triggers new challenges and opportunities for female employment. Contrary to ideas of how social mobility is an individualistic endeavour, I argue here that for these youths social mobility also entails family dependencies and involves a great deal of female intergenerational solidarities. This asks for reconsideration of ordinary non-activist feminisms and everyday dependencies, as well as a discussion with critiques of neoliberal feminisms.
Marisol Verdugo Paiva
Role: PhD Researcher
Organisation: The University of Manchester
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