Violated Women, Reason, and Lo Político in the Imaginary of the Guatemalan Nation

TitleViolated Women, Reason, and Lo Político in the Imaginary of the Guatemalan Nation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsTorres, M. G. a. B. R.
JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
Volume37
Issue3
Pagination261 - 274
Date Published2018/07//
Abstract

Guatemalan newspapers are dappled with the spectre of women's violence and the bodily evidence of the military response that is typical for a woman's transgression of gender roles. Gendered representations of violence – so often repeated in the media – engender particular forms of political agency. This article explores how political violence is imagined with women's bodies and suggests that such violence is always built on pre‐existing cultural practices. It argues that gender categorization is paramount to constructing a modern Guatemalan nation that all too often works to exclude women as knowing participants in Lo Político.

Short TitleBulletin of Latin American Research