This dissertation is a feminist de(s)colonial study with rural women in Colombia. It documents and validates the lives, labour and agency of rural women by re-signifying place as a site of resistance and negotiation within a neoliberal context. In using descolonialism as the epistemology for this thesis, I implemented a feminist participatory visual methodology, collecting data from two case studies in the towns of Toca and Minca. The data demonstrate that rural women are agents in place, resisting colonial practices. While campesina women experience social inequality, they enact resistance in places such as the home, vereda, and the city, and contest violence against their territories bodies-lands. As such, rural women in Colombia challenge their positioning by hegemonic feminisms and neoliberal projects as lacking agency and in need of saving. The research demonstrates the importance of feminist, feeling-thinking, place-based research to conceptualising the countryside as an embodied relational space constituted by multiplicities and histories. Overall, this thesis contributes to the growing literature emerging from the Global South that makes visible and supports the progressive politics and new paradigms that question the colonial bias of hegemonic feminisms and neoliberal projects.
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The Human-Animal Bond describes the reciprocal relationship between humans and nonhumans that brings love, companionship, comfort, and emotional support, framing pets (companion animals) as family members requiring consideration in social work practice and policy. The Human-Animal Bond is especially strong in vulnerable people, such as women experiencing, or at risk of homelessness.
Despite recommendations in literature that companion animal-inclusive practices be incorporated into social work with vulnerable groups, there is, to date, no documented evidence of this occurring in Australian social work. Anecdotally, covert or subversive practices have emerged to support this population. My research has the potential to validate these practices by making them visible.
I adopt a Feminist Ethic of Care theoretical lens to frame and document companion animal-inclusive Subversive Social Work practices that honour the importance of the bond in interspecies families.