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

  • Jimena Silva Universidad Católica del Norte
Keywords: body maps, gender, mining area, Chile


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


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Author Biography

Jimena Silva, Universidad Católica del Norte

Jimena SILVA, Psicóloga, Doctora en antropología, Profesora asociada e investigadora Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN). Directora Magister en psicología social, responsable de la línea de investigación: género, sexualidad y juventudes. Ha desarrollado modelos metodológicos de investigación biográfica para los estudios del cuerpo desde enfoques socioculturales y críticos. Ha realizado etnografías en comunidades y organizaciones campesinas, investigación acción con juventudes y mujeres inmigrante. Ha publicado artículos, capítulos de libros y libros en su línea de investigación, en Chile y el extranjero.

How to Cite
Silva, J. (2014). With the Desert in the Body: Performative Maps of Chilean Youth. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 15(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-15.1.1998
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