Ann Wilkinson

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

California, Irvine, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9636

Approve Date

April 13, 2018

Project Title

Wilkinson, Ann Kathryn, U. of California, Irvine, CA - To aid research on 'Securing the Family: Gender, Sexuality, and the Transnational Pro-Family Movement in Mexico,' supervised by Dr. Kristin Peterson

Preliminary abstract: This project aims to understand the drivers, logics, and appeal of emergent right-wing movements in Latin America like the Mexican pro-family movement through a contextualized, ethnographic analysis with those who shape and experience it: Mexican pro-family movement advocates. I will conduct ethnographic fieldwork with advocates working at three leading pro-family organizations in Mexico City in order to understand how Mexican pro-family advocates understand, relate, and reshape notions of gender and security in their political discourses, social movement practices, and everyday lives in the context of the evolving Mexican security state and the resurgent global pro-family movement. By examining how advocates mobilize conceptualizations of both gender and security in their activism, this project seeks to understand the seeping of security discourses into the everyday practices of right-wing movements ostensibly focused on gender and sexuality issues. Indeed, the centering of gender and sexuality as primary national, geopolitical, and existential concerns can re-orient the study of the right as a political and also a cultural formation that has not yet received sufficient scholarly attention.