Re-Educating "Victims" and "Aggressors" of Violence: Mapping Discourse and Practice in a Mexican Violence Prevention Education Program
AuthorLaFayette, Aimee V.
AdvisorBoehm, Deborah A.
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The international human rights movement against gendered violence provides a valuable site for understanding how new categories of meaning emerge and are applied to social practices around the world. Human rights discourse is always translated into local terms and situated within local contexts of power and meaning. This ethnographic research examines how gender and violence are discussed within a violence prevention education program located in a north central Mexican city. By observing interactions between facilitators and participants, participating in the program's sessions, conducting one-on-one interviews with the program's facilitators, and analyzing the manual used by the prevention education program, I explore how gender and violence are defined in a local setting. The project considers how transnational discourse on human rights and gendered violence has been adapted to become relevant to individuals' lives. This analysis reveals how global human rights discourse does not neatly translate to local settings. Specifically, international assumptions of gendered violence do not adequately account for diverse cultural contexts.