With the Desert in the Body: Performative Maps of Chilean Youth

Jimena Silva


To understand ideologies based on gender, this qualitative investigation used a methodological model, based on corporal mapping, interviews, and intertextualized analysis of 47 female students from Antofagasta in the mining zones of northern Chile.  In the interpretive analysis of symbolic elements of body maps in the context of gender socialization it was found that miners (all male) metaphorically view the female body as body/mine,  as penetrable/hole (female as a sexual object) and where treasure/wealth may be extracted. Female corporal expressions, such as agent/transformer, establish a dialogue fraught with tension where the power of the female is disturbing in a culture where the male is dominant.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs140175


body maps; gender; mining area; Chile

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-15.1.1998

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