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Northwestern University

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Fall 2019

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Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development


The key purpose of this investigative work is to identify the types of transphobic violences that are inflicted on Trans people in the specific case of Valparaiso, Chile. In an attempt to understand these violences, this project follows the experiences and understandings of these violence of two trans individuals who live in this city. Following a theoretical framework of gender performativity, and the way in which gender is constructed and repeatedly performed, outlined by Judith Butler, this investigation also analyzes how these violences are derived from the subversion of trans bodies to the gender binary and the cisnormativity of society. This study finds that the subversion of the gender binary results in 3 principal forms of violence inflicted on trans people— the psychological, the physical, and the institutional.


Gender and Sexuality | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | History of Gender | Inequality and Stratification | Latin American Languages and Societies | Latin American Studies | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Politics and Social Change | Social and Cultural Anthropology

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