The Myths of Violence: Gender, Conflict, and Community in El Salvador

Citation:

Hume, Mo. 2008. “The Myths of Violence: Gender, Conflict, and Community in El Salvador.” Latin American Perspectives 35 (5): 59-76.

Author: Mo Hume

Abstract:

Emprirical data gathered in El Salvador indicate that knowledge about violence there is built upon an exclusionary and highly masculinist logic. Violence has come to be perceieved  as normal through a political  project that has actively employed terror to persure its ends. The process has been made possible by a legitimiation of violence as a key element of male gender identity. Political circumstances in El Salvador, principally in war, have both nourished and reinforced a sense of gender identity based on polarization, exclusion, and hegemony.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Gendered Power Relations, Masculinism, Violence Regions: Americas, Central America Countries: El Salvador

Year: 2008

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