'Como te haces entender?': Gender and Gun Cultures in the Caribbean Context

Friday, January 1, 2010
The United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW)

The paper addresses the research gap in social constructions of gun ownership and gun abuse through its engendered study of gun cultures in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. The work identifies the cultural, gender and socio-economic complexities influencing gun cultures, with case studies in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. In so doing, the research invokes international, regional and national impacts on the creation of such cultures, through trade, migration, the media and portrayals of masculinity, subsequently recognizing the differential ways in which men and women experience gun violence and recommendations for reform.

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UN-INSTRAW, Gender and Gun Cultures in the Caribbean, 2010