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dc.contributor.advisorPunch, Samantha-
dc.contributor.advisorMunro, William-
dc.contributor.authorRogers, Ashley Sarah Frances-
dc.description.abstractThere have been a number of legal reforms in Bolivia since the first indigenous president, Evo Morales, came to power in 2006. In 2009 a New Constitution was enacted which included rights for women and expanded legal recognition of indigenous groups. In 2013, in order to address rising rates of violence against women, Law 348 to Guarantee Women a Life Free from Violence was established. Yet what meaning these legal changes have for Bolivian women is still unknown. This thesis explores Bolivian women’s legal consciousness and subjectivities in the context of these changes, particularly in relation to law concerning violence. Twelve months of ethnographic fieldwork was conducted in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, between October 2014 and October 2015. Participant observation in a women’s centre was the main field site, which offered the opportunities to gather women’s life stories and explore women’s narratives of the law. This was further supplemented with interviews with Civil Society Organisations and government in order to add different perspectives and further map the social structures of society that both constrain and enable meaning-making. This socio-legal ethnography presents women’s engagements with the law, and offers insights into women’s lived experiences of accessing justice and claiming rights, both directly and indirectly, as well as the influence that legality has on women’s legal subjectivity and their sense of self. Doing so provides a narrative of Bolivian women’s legal consciousness and reveals the meaning that law has for women in their everyday lives. Law works to shape the way they view themselves and their experiences as they engage with the processes of accessing justice. It can be concluded that law is a meaningful yet often contradictory presence in Bolivian women's everyday lives.en_GB
dc.publisherUniversity of Stirlingen_GB
dc.subjectWomen's rightsen_GB
dc.subjectLegal Consciousnessen_GB
dc.subjectLatin Americaen_GB
dc.subjectCivil Societyen_GB
dc.subject.lcshJustice, Administration of Boliviaen_GB
dc.subject.lcshWomen Bolivia Social conditionsen_GB
dc.subject.lcshWomen's rights Boliviaen_GB
dc.titleClaiming the law: an ethnography of Bolivian women's access to justice and legal consciousnessen_GB
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_GB
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophyen_GB
dc.rights.embargoreasonI am requesting an embargo as I am in discussions about publishing the thesis as a book. (Embargo greater than 1 year - approved under the Publication Exception)en_GB
dc.contributor.funderThis work was funded by the Economic and Social Research Councilen_GB
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