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The Intersectional Stigmatization of the Piranha in Prostitution: A case study of young women in prostitution  in central Lima
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study is constructed upon narratives of fourteen young women, who have been working in prostitution since they were street children in central Lima, and acknowledges their stigmatization in the Peruvian society, and how they challenge their socially constructed position. By combining narrative method with an intersectional analysis I have, through a multi-layered loupe, interpreted the young women’s interpretation of themselves and their social world. I will bring forward how these young women view their subordinate and stigmatized position through their narratives surrounding their bodies as shameful, culpable, sexual and fixed. This stigmatization is intersectional as it surrounds all parts of their lives and situatedness within the Peruvian society. This situatedness is complex, involving hierarchical structures that have been present in Peru since colonization and imperialism (cf. Wade 2009). In addition, I will bring forward how the young women engage in strategies to challenge this stigmatization by applying measures to increase their respectability (cf. Skeggs).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Intersectionality, narrative, prostitution, stigmatization, street children, Peru, power structures, patriarchy, respectability, marianismo, shame
National Category
Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-118884ISRN: LIU-TEMA G/GSIC1-A—15/002—SEOAI: diva2:817215
Subject / course
Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, One Year
Available from: 2015-06-08 Created: 2015-06-04 Last updated: 2015-06-08Bibliographically approved

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