Low political participation among rural women in Chiloe, Chile : consequences for democratization

Exner, Heather (2002) Low political participation among rural women in Chiloe, Chile : consequences for democratization. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This thesis, the research for which is based largely on fieldwork done in Chile between May and August 2001, seeks to answer why rural women living in the southern Chilean island of Chiloe participate so minimally in political activities and organizations. To question low participation implies an expectation of significant levels of participation, which prior to arriving in Chile was what I believed I would find - not in the sense of a formally developed civil society such as one would come across in North America, but in terms that citizens of a democracy, regardless of its economic standing, would seek to promote and further their objectives through political processes, be it through labour unions, civic associations or simply through voting. In rural Chiloe, this was not the case, as women there displayed very little interest or knowledge in politics or government. The reasons for this are varied and make up the focus of this study

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/1266
Item ID: 1266
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 124-130.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Political Science
Date: 2002
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Chile--Chiloe
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Rural women--Chile--Chiloe--Political activity; Women in politics--Chile--Chiloe

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