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Isabel Margarita Nuñez Salazar

I am an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Warwick. I completed my PhD in the Sociology Department at the university, funded by CONICYT. I explored how far the heteronormative family is being challenged in Chile and the possibilities for building more egalitarian families. I looked at how people make family in everyday life in diverse domestic arrangements such as opposite and same-sex partnerships, people living apart together, multi-species households, non-relatives shared housing, divorced families, lone parenthood, people living by themselves, extended families and stepfamilies.

I examined how the making of family can either maintain or disrupt (in)equalities; to what extent gendered power is accepted and resisted; the way in which family relations sustain institutional order; and how 'doing family' is shaped by gender, class and sexuality in post-dictatorship democracy. In doing this, I drew my work from feminist thoughts, family sociology, intimacy studies and queer theory. I used a combination of qualitative methods: in-depth interviews, day-long observation inside the household and analysis of family photography.

I advocate for another way of conceptualising family life by which the making of family is through a set of practices that convey the meaning of family. It challenges the dominant notion of 'the family' [la familia] as social institution and addresses what people 'do' to create family rather than what people 'are' in families.

My research interest encompasses gender and sexuality, divisions of labour, feminist politics and social movements, food and health, intersectionality and visual methods.

My study was supervised by Professor Nickie Charles the Director of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender and Dr. Carol Wolkowitz Reader in the Department of Sociology from the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender.

Other Academic Activities

The Centre for the Study of Women and Gender

I am an active member of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender (CSWG) as part of the Committee Team for the Graduate Seminar Series. The seminar series aim to foster discussions on questions of/around gender, provide a safe and comfortable space for students to present their research and create an opportunity to fine-tune presentation skills.

Gender and Feminist Theory Group

I am a member of the Gender and Feminist Theory Group in Department of History at the University of Warwick. This is a reading group which aims to provide the opportunity for close reading and in-depth discussion of theoretical texts. The critical reading group benefits from cross-disciplinary perspectives, and to develop an informal space in which researchers learn from each other in thinking-through what are often challenging conceptual issues.

Warwick Latin America Studies Group

I am a member of Warwick Latin America Study Group which is a network of PhD students at the Warwick University who are interested in Latin America and/or are doing research in Latin America issues. In this research network there are PhD students from different departments such as School of Law, Politics and International Studies, Applied Linguistics, Department of Economics, Department of Sociology, Department of Psychology and School of Engineering. We are running monthly seminars related to a doctoral project of our members.

Teaching experience at Warwick

  • SO 116 Sociology of Gender. Convenors Dr Ravi Thiara and Dr Cath Lambert.
  • SO249 Becoming Yourself: The construction of the Self in Contemporary Western Societies. Convenor Dr. Maria do Mar Pereira.
  • SO126 Class and Capitalism in the neoliberal world. Convenors Dr Katy Harsant and Dr Teodora Todorova
  • SO242 Designing and Conducting Social Research. Convenor Dr Amy Hinterberger and Dr Katy Harsant 

Some Publications

2019. Nuñez-Salazar, I. Displacing boundaries: Theoretical approaches to a comprehension of total labour in Chile. Revista Trabajo y Sociedad (2) 31.

2017. Nuñez- Salazar, I. Decolonizar y queerizar lo docente: repensando el discurso curricular de la formación docente. Pensamiento Americano (10) 18. co-author with Murillo, Fernando; Gomez, Hector.

2016. Nuñez-Salazar, I. Familia y religiôn en Chile. Reflexiones teóricas acerca de dos instituciones sociales. Religion y espacio publico. book chapter



Isabel Margarita Nuñez Salazar

I dot M dot Nunez-Salazar at warwick dot ac dot uk


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