This group is comprised of seven faculty members and one intern from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche. In order to conduct its interdisciplinary research, it combines legal, technological, economic, and anthropological perspectives. Group members belong to the UMH Research Center of Gender Studies (CIEG), and have been carrying out research and scientific activities collectively since 2002.
Keywords: social and cultural anthropology, economics, industrial work, agricultural work, development, the rural world, ideological representations of gender, cultural construction of the body and sexuality, interculturality, feminine work, market internationalization.
This group's research strategy is the analysis of productive social relations and their connection with the ideological creation about gender that envelops them in order to demonstrate that it is this ideological production that justifies the existing inequality between women, feminizing some techniques and tasks within productive processes, and that structures who remains within the formal economy and who does not (thus becoming part of the submerged economy). In this sense, the group's main research interests include:
- Analysis of the submerged economy in rural settings and certain industries and its relationship with a gender ideology that affects mainly women and endows them with a specific socio-professional identity, which manifests itself via cultural traits that are established as a consequence of the development of the activities created within it.
- Describe socio-labor conditions for workers in rural settings and the industrial sector of our environment and relate them with variables of age, marital status, sex, and educational level from a gender perspective. Examine whether there is a higher unemployment rate for women within these localities and if a traditional economic dependency exists for them that facilitates their employment as cheap and unskilled labor, largely in the informal economy.
- The impact of productive reconversion processes facing international markets in terms of female labor in certain labor sectors.
- Analysis of the process of participation and decision making, concerning the operations of businesses, by women. Special attention is paid to the role of labor unions and other of labor movements by workers.
- Proposals for actions that raise awareness and sensitize employers and male and female workers alike about the unfairness of discriminatory situations affecting women in work settings.
- Gender ideology and sex work. Prostitution within the Valencian Community and its connection with interculturality (tourism, immigrants, etc.).