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ERIC Number: ED525029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 252
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-8694-4
Women's Theologies, Women's Pedagogies: Liberating Praxes of Latin American Women Educators in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Argentina
Jones, Lauren Ila
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles
In this dissertation, through semi-structured interviews with 36 female social movement participants and 3 male participants in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Argentina, I ask, "How do women in Latin American social movements perceive the influence of theology on these movements' pedagogies?" I argue that through this work, the women cultivate what I deem "individual theologies" rooted in their understanding of their own reality. Collectively, this creates an ecumenical "theology of struggle." These interviews allowed me to investigate the connection of women to social movements, the connection of women to theology, and the possibility for educational change through social movements rooted in theology. In doing so, I bring to the field of Comparative and International Education a sociology of theology. In order to understand the participants' realities and responses, the intersections between the frameworks of Theology of Liberation, Pedagogy of Liberation, Social Movements, and Neoliberal Globalization must be understood. These intersections are rooted in developments in theology and the social sciences in Latin America and Europe, as well as in the United States, Africa, and Asia. Additionally, I rethink conceptualizations of education and religion, spirituality, and faith. Narrative inquiry and Participatory Action Research theory are employed as methodological strategies. I conclude that in this development work, the women have shown that theology is both a tool of analysis and a tool of action to address race and ethnic, class, and gender inequality. Ultimately, I argue that the women perceive, as in the central research question, the influence of theology on their movements' pedagogies as an influence that leads to the women's liberation. This concept of liberation motivates women to participate in the struggle against neoliberal globalization through nonformal and formal education that contributes, ultimately, to holistic community development. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Argentina; Bolivia; El Salvador; Nicaragua