Policing Boundaries: Race, Class, and Gender in Cartagena, Colombia


Streicker, Joel. 1995. “Policing Boundaries: Race, Class, and Gender in Cartagena, Colombia.” American Ethnologist 22 (1): 54–74.

Author: Joel Streicker


Analysis of everyday discourse among the poor of Cartagena, Colombia, reveals the mutual construction of race, class, and gender identities. Discourse on class and gender encodes racially discriminatory concepts, identifying blackness with acts that contradict normative class and gender identities. This article shows how the interlocking meanings of race, class, and gender enforce the status quo of men's, nonblacks', and elders' authority within the popular class.

Topics: Class, Gender, Masculinity/ies, Femininity/ies, Gendered Discourses, Gendered Power Relations, Patriarchy, Race Regions: Americas, South America Countries: Colombia

Year: 1995

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