Working Title of PhD: Legal Consciousness and Subjectivity: An exploration of women’s rights and violence in La Paz, Bolivia
Year commenced PhD study: 2013 (Full-Time) University of Stirling
PhD Supervisors: Dr. William Munro and Prof. Samantha Punch
This PhD examines the structural conditions that predicate the development of legal transitions in Bolivia, particularly in relation to indigenous rights and women’s rights. Bolivia’s new Constitution significantly extends the collective rights of indigenous peoples – including the right to autonomy – but it is important to consider the various roles of women in this transitional period and beyond. There are many contradictions that exist between rights models based on group rights and individual rights. This research seeks to explore the influences of the legal transitions that are taking place in Bolivia on identity formation and in particular the ways in which women’s lives and positions in society are affected by these changes.
Documentary analysis is used in order to examine the changing legal framework and the structural conditions that have shaped the new Bolivian constitution. In order to gain a deeper understanding of the effects of legal transitions, both interviews and ethnographic fieldwork will take place over a 12-month period in Bolivia. Interviews, and in some cases focus groups, will be conducted with leaders and members of various social movements (both indigenous movements and women’s movements) as well as government officers and advisors.
Keywords: Women’s rights, Indigenous peoples, Latin America