Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
The multiple faces of insecurity: An analysis of security from the Chocoano women's perspective
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Political Science.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores the complexity of the concept “security” in theory and practice. The traditional security concept is replaced by a human-centred security approach in order to analyse women's security,. The stories of Afro-Colombian and indigenous women from the poor and war-torn region Chocó in Colombia demonstrate that the insecurity of the Chocoano women is not only created by the armed conflict in Colombia, but that insecurity fundamentally has its roots in societal structures and systems as well. This thesis argues that the category “woman” is insufficient and that an intersectional approach is the only way to fully understand the Chocoano women’s security and insecurity. In the case of Chocó, the population's ways of relating to the ancestral territories is one example of how ethnicity and culture play a mayor role for their security. The concept human security will be embraced for its recognition of the intimate relation between human rights, development and individual security. Galtung's theory on violence will also be used in order to complete the picture of how the direct and indirect violence that Chocoano women suffer from is reinforced by unequal power relations.

 

Furthermore, women’s possibilities to act for security, mainly through nongovernmental organizations and the Church, are investigated. The peripheral positions of the Chocoano women in Colombia as well as within their own cultures are found to be barriers to women’s effective participation in security policy. It is also concluded that the relation between security and activism for human rights is rather complex and contradictory in Chocó. Finally, it is argued that there exist several parallel and competing discourses of security. The predominant discourse of security in Colombia ignores many of the dangers that women in Chocó are exposed to. The concept of security must be seriously challenged both in theory and in practice if women’s security is to be guaranteed in Colombia.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , p. 70
Keywords [en]
security, human security, intersectionality, Chocó, Colombia, women, ethnicity
Keywords [es]
Colombia, Chocó, seguridad, seguridad humana, mujeres, etnia
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-10374OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-10374DiVA, id: diva2:235432
Presentation
(Swedish)
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2009-09-18 Created: 2009-09-15 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

The_multiple_faces_of_insecurity(514 kB)383 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 514 kBChecksum SHA-512
b50ff921bd072ab40256ea2f53e0beb24bd911a90889e902fcba0bb857b791f430cb65dac79a47b8fabfda4124a4b260e8d01fbbcb4c9a0a267c2bef8c7552cb
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Svensson, Åsa
By organisation
JIBS, Political Science
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 383 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 509 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf