William Dawley

William Dawley
  • Social Sciences Building, Room 210 9500 Gilman Drive #0532 La Jolla, CA 92093-0532
William Dawley is a student of anthropology at UC San Diego with a focus on the anthropology of Christianity, Latin America, and gender. His research focuses on the many organizations in Ciudad Quesada de San Carlosthat offer men support in their effort to transform their gender identity by "spiritual" means, including Catholic, evangelical, and other Christian churches, as well as groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and men's support groups like WEM which focus on men's struggles.

William has spent almost two years in Ciudad Quesada de San Carlos since2003. This small city is the growing urban hub of Northern Costa Rica, a largely rural area where "masculine" work such as cattle ranching is quickly being replaced, at least in the city, by office and clerical work, threatening men's conceptions of their roles and identities both at work and at home (cf. Phillippe Bourgois's /In Search of Respect/ and Paul Willis's /Learning to Labor/). As a result, many men are showing interest in men's groups that provide spiritual and religious solutions to what Costa Ricans generally refer to as the male identity crisis (cf. Matthew Gutmann's /Meanings of Macho/, David Smilde's /Reason to Believe/, and Stanley Brandes's /Staying Sober in Mexico City/).

William recently returned from a nine-month stint in Costa Rica and is currently working on his dissertation. He is a Melford Spiro fellow at the University of California, San Diego and a visiting researcher at the University of Texas's Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies.