By Alejandra Martinez and Aldo Merlino
This article discusses part of the results of a research project with the objective to analyse the ways boys and girls, aged 8 to 9, living in the city of Córdoba, Argentina, and belonging to different socioeconomic groups, build a discourse around gender norms. It explains how children reproduce, in their discourses, schemes considered as “traditional” concerning gender definitions. Specifically, it shows the way working class boys and girls stress men’s body relevance and men’s ability to exert physical violence in order to accomplish masculinity definition and social recognition.
This article was first published in Amsterdam Social Science Volume 1 Issue 4 (2009). Click here for the complete text.
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