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Dr Zakiya Luna, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley, U Berkeley

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Feb 15, 2013
from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM


273 SS&H (bottom floor)

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"Domesticating Human Rights: The Unexpected Success of the Reproductive Justice Movement"

Framing social movement concerns in terms of international human rights, which are misunderstood and maligned in the US, is a counterintuitive political strategy. Yet, activists in the emerging reproductive justice movement, led by women of color and low-income women, draw on human rights to challenge the reproductive rights movement’s emphasis on “law on the books.” Consequently, reproductive justice focuses on the need to expand advocacy for reproductive freedoms more broadly including the right to have a child and the right to parent. Having grown from a handful of marginal organizations, the reproductive justice movement serves as an exemplar of a US social movement that made a “non-resonant” framing choice while still achieving the type of success much social movement scholarship suggests can only be achieved through resonance-seeking. This presentation draws on interviews, archival documents and observation to examine some of the factors that influenced this framing choice and the consequences of it on the wider women’s movement.

Dr. Zakiya Luna is a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley. hosted by the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law. She is affiliated with the School of Law, Department of Gender and Women's Studies and Department of Sociology. She earned a joint PhD in Sociology and Women’s Studies from University of Michigan (2011), where she also earned her Masters of Social Work (2009). Her research is in the areas of social movements, law and society, reproduction and identity. Her current research examines why and how marginalized women in the US are engaging international human rights discourse to advance a broader movement for reproductive justice that addresses rights to have children and rights to parent with dignity. Her research was has been funded by multiple sources including the National Science Foundation. She has published in Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change, Sociological Inquiry, Feminist Studies and Societies without Borders: Social Science and Human Rights. In 2011-2 she was the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar in Human Rights Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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