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. doi: 10.1177/0094582X08321957.

Author: Mo Hume

Abstract:

Empirical 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 perceived as normal through a political project that has actively employed terror to pursue its ends. This process has been made possible by a legitimization of violence as a key element of male gender identity. Political circumstances in El Salvador, principally the war, have both nourished and einforced a sense of gender identity based on polarization, exclusion, and hegemony.

Keywords: El Salvador, masculinities, violence, gender, Subaltern

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

Year: 2008

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