Based on an empirical study of a women's movement in Arica, Chile, this exploration documents how this particular group organized to oppose Chilean dictator Augusto Pichet. Presenting an analysis of social movements in general as well as their reasons and barriers, this overview is told through the women's own words and experiences, painting a graphic picture of courage and determination. This gripping narrative also focuses on the political learning and educational processes that emerged from this effort. Three key themes are investigated, including political consciousness, social-movement praxis, and how participation in these struggles has a life-changing effect. Concluding with a discussion of the role of adult education in social movements, this powerful examination is buttressed with actual photographs from the Chilean protest.
Donna M. Chovanec teaches in the department of educational policy studies at the University of Alberta and specializes in adult education with an emphasis in social movements. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.