This research explores the relations between women’s bodies and social media, with a particular focus on the digitally mediated ‘fitspo’ phenomenon. ‘Fitspo’ typically refers to images, videos and motivational mantras that people post to social media with the purpose of inspiring themselves and others to live a ‘fit’ and ‘healthy’ life. Through drawing upon ethnographic observations of Instagram posts made by 21 Australian women aged 20-34 over three-months and individual semi-structured interviews, this research project aims to provide a more nuanced understanding of how fitspirational bodies manifest in the everyday, relate to consumer culture and neoliberalism, and mediate gender identities. Researching what social media may afford young people’s bodies and gender identities is timely given the increasing entanglement of the digital with the everyday and necessary given the continued ranking of ‘body-image’ in the top three highest causes of personal concern for young Australians (Mission Australia, 2017). The results of this research could accordingly inform educational efforts addressing issues concerning social media, ‘body-image’, gender, fitness and wellbeing.
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This research aims to visualise, analyse and reconceptualise rural women’s labour in Colombia where current neoliberal policies have affected small and medium peasant sectors. The study is embedded in a feminist epistemological position, and as such, will adopt a methodology that seeks to empower participants, shift power between researcher and participants and acknowledge difference. More specifically, this thesis will draw from Woods’ (2007) notion of the ‘global countryside’ (p.485). He defines the global countryside as a hybrid space understood as emerging from the multi-scalar (global, national, local) discourses, processes and practices, and incorporating both human and non-human actors. He draws on Massey’s (2005) notions of place and space as relational to understand rurality within globalisation. In consequence, this research aims to:
1. Document and validate the labour of Colombian peasant women detailing changes that have occurred in their work as a result of globalisation;
2. Explore Colombian rural women’s negotiations and resistances around the identity of ‘peasant’ in the context of globalisation;
3. Examine the ways in which government and non-government organisations in Colombia have positioned peasant women in gender equality policies and programs and identify the implications of this positioning in the context globalisation.