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A Jumble of NeedsWomen's Activism and Neoliberalism in the Colonias of the Southwest$
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Rebecca Dolhinow

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816650576

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816650576.001.0001

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The Production of Women as Neoliberal Leaders

The Production of Women as Neoliberal Leaders

(p.91) Chapter 2 The Production of Women as Neoliberal Leaders
A Jumble of Needs

Rebecca Dolhinow

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter studies the discourses used to recruit women into leadership and how these discourses produce a specific relationship between leaders and the state that positions women leaders that promotes the values if neorealism. It highlights two central and interrelated aspects in the production of leaders. The first is the many connections and similarities between the production of colonias as communities based on neoliberal values of personal responsibility and independence, and the production of colonia leaders as unintentional proponents of neoliberal ideology. The second aspect relates to the multiple ways colonia activists view their own creation as leaders, as they negotiate the many discourses available to them on their own leadership.

Keywords:   women leaders, neorealism, colonias, colonia leaders, neoliberal ideology

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