Date of Award

Spring 2017

Thesis Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Honors Bachelor of Arts


Dr. Dan Chong

Committee Member

Dr. Rachel Newcomb

Committee Member

Dr. Gay Biery-Hamilton


The existing perceptions and practices of menstruation on the island of Taquile in Lake Titicaca, Peru provide insights into the manners in which globalization can challenge and shape perspectives in indigenous communities. Through the framework of globalization as polarization, hybridization, and homogenization, this study explores the impacts that changes in menstrual practices and perceptions can have on female health outcomes, agency in the community, and education efforts. Viewpoints of menstruation distinctly differ according to gender and age, yet ultimately point toward the concept that all three lenses of globalization provide explanations for menstruation in the community of Taquile.

Rights Holder

Meghan Wallace