Isabel, From Adult Learner to Community Activist

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This article presents Isabel’s biography as a case study of how Dialogic Literary Gatherings (DLGs) can transform the lives of non-academic women by fostering their social participation. Isabel, an illiterate woman from Barcelona (Spain), engaged in adult education to learn to read and write. This initial motivation was transformed by her participation in DLGs, in which she gained confidence and engaged in women’s organizations, advocating for a more inclusive feminism. More than thirty years later, she has attended international meetings, published articles, and even shared round tables with well-known international feminist scholars such as Judith Butler and Lidia Puigvert.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)865-871
Number of pages7
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


  • adult education
  • dialogic literary gatherings
  • gender
  • transformation


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