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La ventana. Revista de estudios de género

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ORTIZ GONZALEZ, Vanessa et al. Masculinity as an institutional product: a gender study from a mexican youth prision. La ventana [online]. 2019, vol.6, n.50, pp.106-135. ISSN 1405-9436.

To understand how correctional institutions function is to comprehend how related gender structures are in the way these places operate. This research offers a glimpse of a criminal context seen under the notions of power, performativity and hegemonic masculinity. These concepts allowed the analysis of the different masculinities that emerge in this structure. Methodologically, the participant observation with the population of young inmates was carried out through two different workshops. The results portray that the normalized violence sustains male dichotomies that regulate life in a prison. Finally, prison is not a physical nor neutral space-structure, it’s an institution that stigmatizes the feminine characteristic and promotes a sense of psychological rehabilitation from the hegemonic providing figure.

Palabras llave : gender; power; prisons; hegemonic masculinity; performativity.

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