Moving beyond awareness : Ni Una Más and approaches to the problem of femicide in Ciudad Juárez
Upton, Sarah Meagan.
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Since 1993, over 800 cases of murdered women have been documented in Ciudad Juárez, located in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. In response to this femicide, a social movement called Ni Una Más (Not One More) emerged, holding the creation of awareness as both a main goal and outcome. Though a significant process for participants within social movements, awareness is absent as a defined concept within social movement literature. For the purposes of this thesis, awareness will be defined as a cognizant realization of the problem resulting in collective indignation. Part of the process of creating collective indignation among those unaffected by the murders is the involvement both activist and non-activist actors doing both visible and invisible work to bring attention to them, and hopefully elicit an emotional response. However, even if the goal of collective indignation is met, knowledge of a problem does not guarantee one's ability, or even desire, to take action. Translation work must be done to transform awareness into a form of capital that addresses the problem. In the case of the femicide in Ciudad Juárez, actors in the arts/media, academic, and political realms have used their professional positions to translate awareness into awareness products. These awareness products do not work to solve the crimes or prevent future murders. However, these products do generate further knowledge that moves towards solutions and an element of therapeutic remembrance. Still an active movement, Ni Una Más continues to advocate for the awareness of victims of femicide, a process aided by artistic remembrance, academic legitimization and an unprecedented international court ruling.
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