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The booklet takes the reader into the area of ladies who develop into actively concerned about a number of mobilization strategies within the peace and clash events in Chiapas and in Northern eire. Detailing how girls pass id obstacles in areas of clash, the e-book combines conventional and qualitative study equipment in groundbreaking new research.

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This was necessary to obtain qualitative evidence of self-reported identity and identity shift. Due to my previous work in the conflict regions, I had initial contacts in the field; I used the snowball method to enlarge the sample. Following ethical guidelines,7 I contacted all interview participants personally. However, to address logistical challenges, some participants of workshops were contacted via the organizations that collaborated with me in the organization of the events. Before the interviews and workshops, I informed all participants about my study and its aims, and obtained their written or recorded oral informed consent.

15). However, as gender identity is fluid and changing, institutions like the military, must constantly reproduce ideas about appropriate masculinities and femininities (Enloe, 2000). This shows that social structures and symbolic processes are interrelated.  186); for instance, when the change of symbolic gender boundaries leads to greater gender equality.  169). Collective identity narratives bring to light how perceptions or symbolic resources are impacting on social positioning, and by doing so provide important insights into boundary work at the micro level of society.

My field research in Chiapas further included two focus groups, one consisting of fifteen, the other of five participants. I obtained a maximum variety through open-ended questions on the ways in which women became involved in social movements and on the meaning of this involvement for them. Their collective identity narratives (Ashmore, Deaux, & McLaughlin-Volpe, 2004) reveal the way in which different identity categories become relevant for female activists and how they interrelate one category with other categories, with values and so on.

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