The Masculinities on the Continuum of Structural Violence: The Case of Mexico's Homicide Epidemic.

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Gamlin, J. B. & Hawkes. S. J.

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2017

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Continuum of Violence

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English

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Gamlin, J. B. & Hawkes. S. J. (2017). The Masculinities on the Continuum of Structural Violence: The Case of Mexico's Homicide Epidemic. Social Politics 2017 V 0 N 0. pp. 1-22.

Through the theoretical lens of a “violence continuum” this article explores how, in many of the most marginalized areas of Mexico, global and regional historical and contemporary structures have shaped and constrained men’s ability to achieve the hegemonic masculinity of neoliberal Mexico. An analysis of statistics and local research studies on male homicide is used to understand how impoverishment and extreme inequality can undermine men’s capacity to access a dignified standard of living and exercise their masculinity, in the process of which many draw on interpersonal violence as a resource for respect and manhood.