Macho dilemmas : machismo & masculine identities within the Latino diaspora (3 studies 2015-2016).

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College of Liberal Arts

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Bachelor in Arts


The stereotypical labels of machismo with which many Latin American males are erroneously tagged with continues to develop and flow in their daily lives. The label itself has become a social fact, as described by Durkheim, to the point that it manipulates and influences the behavior of the Latino male in terms of fitting in; the label itself is becoming the base from which the views of not only the masculinity of Latino men, but also the femininity of Latino women, are drawn upon, reflected and derived. Yet, due to geographical, generational, regional and biological factors, machismo does not completely define all gender categories within Latin America. Through the research of these three field sites: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; Drew University, New Jersey, USA; and La Caänada de Caracheo, Guanajuato Mexico, I researched, studied and analyzed the independent development of masculine gender roles under the yoke and influence of machismo within these three separate locations. I compare and contrast the similarities and differences of machismo within the cultures of each location to see if there are common correlations and a possible single origin of the gender norm. If there seems to be a common origin that links all three locations, I point out the possible factors (historical, geographical, political, etc.) that caused the development of such a diverse yet unified masculine gender label within Latin America.