From the countryside to the city: a study on the incidence of economic factors and urban infrastructure in the transformation processes of the gender role system.

Project: Research Project

Project Details


The problem that will be investigated is the incidence of economic, production and urban infrastructure factors in the transformations of the gender role system.
The approach stems from the observation that the issue of gender equality turns out to be a matter in which traditional discourses do not easily yield to modern ones, generating resistance to transformations such as those of gender role systems. The task of this research is to investigate the causes of such resistance.
The objective of the research is to demonstrate through primary information collected in field work the relevance and plausibility of the hypotheses, that is, the effective dependence or causal relationship between urban and market conditions on the one hand, and the effective transformation of gender roles on the other. For this purpose, in-depth interviews and focus groups will be carried out with both urban and rural women. A statistically valid survey with partially representative coverage will also be applied within the study areas. The guiding theoretical references will be neo-Marxist visions and sociological works such as those of Durkheim, Bourdieu and Berger and Luckman.
The results that we hope to obtain from the specific work are: a published academic article, a mid-spectrum database, and the results of the survey published in a working paper.
Regarding the contents, we expect as a result the corroboration of the causal link and/or the conditioning of the urban and market structures with respect to the assimilation of the transformation of gender roles. This will allow, in the long term, to restructure public policies with a view to more equitable and harmonious societies.
Effective start/end date5/2/092/24/11

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Main Funding Source

  • Installed Capacity (Academic Unit)


  • Bogotá D.C.


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