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Gender and Sexuality in Latin America

Donna J. Guy

in The Oxford Handbook of Latin American History

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195166217
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195166217.013.0013

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

 Gender and Sexuality in Latin America

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This article discusses gender and sexuality during the national period and the shift from women's history to the study of the social construction of both femininity and masculinity and of various forms of sexuality. It argues that this has problematized “the notion of universalized female oppression,” a trend in line with the general historiographical emphasis on individual and collective agency since the 1980s. Gender here is both a topic and a category of analysis. The discussion thus sheds much light on other aspects of—in this case, national—society, such as notions of nationality and citizenship, the nature of the modern state and law, populism, and revolutionary and feminist politics.

Keywords: women's history; femininity; masculinity; female oppression; historiography; national society

Article.  7738 words. 

Subjects: History ; Gender and Sexuality

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