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How do the interactions between different generations of activists their shape goals, strategies and visions an alternative future?

Research project The concept of generations has experienced a renewal in studies of youth globally, social movements in North America, and youth politics in Latin America. The concept explains how social and historical conditions at the point in time when young adults come of age shape their political action. This project advances existing research by addressing how the interactions between different generations of activists shape their respective goals, strategies and visions of alternative futures.

Qualitative interviews were conducted with forty activists from two generations of feminist activists in Ecuador and Peru: a young adult generation and an adult generation. The findings from the young adult generation have been published. In this project, I will publish the comparative analysis of the two generations of activists and their interactions with one another. I will compare and interpret the findings using an interactionist perspective of social organization and an intersectional approach to gender and age hierarchies grounded in the Latin American context.

Head of project

Anna-Britt Coe
Associate professor
E-mail
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Project overview

Project period:

2022-07-01 2023-06-30

Funding

Riksbanksjubileumsfond Sabbatical

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Sociology

Research area

Sociology

Project description

This project aims to publish two original research articles that explore how the interactions between different generations of activists shape their goals, strategies and visions of an alternative future. The concept of generations has experienced a renewal in three research bodies: studies of youth globally, social movements in North America, and youth politics in Latin America. The concept explains how social and historical conditions at the point in time when young adults come of age shape their political action. This project advances existing research by focusing on the interactions between different generations.

Qualitative interviews were conducted with forty activists from two generations of feminist activists in Ecuador and Peru: a young adult generation and an adult generation. The findings from the young adult generation have been published. In this project, I will publish the comparative analysis of the two generations of activists and their interactions with one another. Three activities will be carried out. First, I will write up the findings of the comparative analysis and interpret these using an interactionist perspective of social organization and an intersectional approach to gender and age hierarchies grounded in the Latin American context. Second, I will prepare and submit two manuscripts for publication in international journals. Third, I will visit the Sociology Department at the University of Vermont to build research and institutional collaborations.