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Social Representations of Violence against Women in Cuba. Is It a Consequence of Economic and Political Changes?

Roselín Martin-Ramos (), Velia Cecilia Bobes-León () and Flérida Guzmán-Gallangos ()
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Roselín Martin-Ramos: University Motolinía at Pedregal, Mexico
Velia Cecilia Bobes-León: Latin American School of Social Sciences, Mexico
Flérida Guzmán-Gallangos: Latin American School of Social Sciences, Mexico

No 041RR, Working papers from Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies

Abstract: The main purpose of this research is to analyze social representations (SR) of violence against women in three generations from Sancti Spiritus in a context of sociocultural changes. With this purpose, 28 people from three different generations were interviewed using the Snowball method. As part of the methodology, the semi-structured interviews, as well as the Free Association method (written variant) and the non-participant observation were used. The data obtained was interpreted with the qualitative paradigm. Myths about violence were found anchored in the collective imagination, without distinction of age. Likewise, there were changes in the SR of the three generations towards violence: the generation of older adults exhibits beliefs more attached to the government-supported discourse on equality; the youngsters blamed more the victim of violence and showed SR in which the control of man over woman is normalized. The intermediate generation exhibited SR more in accordance with reality. This generation, raised in a context of educational and social achievements, where inequality and social precarious brought by the special period, didn't have a dent in social values and norms, showed a less macho ideology.

Keywords: social representations; violence against women; collective imagination; myths; victimThan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-11
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Published in Proceedings of the 15th International RAIS Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, November 6-7, 2019, pages 293-299

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