María Arteaga Villamil
PhD Social and Cultural Anthropology, and Independent Researcher
From October 23 to November 4, 2018
Her research interests are the analysis of gender, class, and family transformations in contemporary Mexico. The researcher approach is based on a variety of qualitative tools from an anthropological perspective to conceptualize gender dynamics into diverse social realities in order to show the influence of different systems of power into the constitution of particular identities along the woman’s lifespan.
Her last research focused in the comparative analysis of the labor experiences of two groups of young professional women in Barcelona and Puebla (Mexico). The research compiled an extensive ethnographic account about how the favorable entrance of women into the labor market involves a variety of resources from the family background and how the response of young women to contingencies within the workplace reflects, to a large extent, specific gender and class ideologies, both in combination with the forces of local traditions.
Her current project “The Blood that Unite Us” aims to achieve a comprehensive descriptive study of the contemporary perceptions and attitudes of menstruation in Mexican women.
The project I will focus on during my stay at Faber Residency is the initial analysis of the quantitative part of the project “The Blood that Unite Us” Towards an expanded view of the Women’s Menstrual Experiences in Mexico. For this, I will analyse the first data collected by means of an online survey which investigates the different ways in which Mexican women experience menstruation in their everyday life based on socio-demographic variables, socioeconomic status, level of knowledge (biological and psychological), and practices around the menstrual cycle. With the use of this tool I expect to collect a large amount of data from a broader population of Mexican women around the country in order to gain measurable variables around menstruation issues.