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The ‘She-Land,’ social consequences of the sexualized construction of landscape in North Patagonia

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This article voices a perspective founded in gender geography and regional history, through the study of the symbolic constitution of core and peripheral areas inside Chile and Argentina. This analysis focuses upon the Patagonian territory and aims to reveal the use of female stereotyped metaphors as the basis for territorial subalternity. At this point, revision of Patagonian history shows that this construction of landscape is related to territorial integration, and could have been seen as gender ideology because of the metaphors involved in the State's arguments. This idea is illustrated with an ongoing nationalist discourse established in Patagonia since the 1930s, which operates as a permanent patriarchal reference and allows the projection of gender metaphors in land. It also takes the particular experience of Patagonian women to question the recognition of the problem behind the construction of landscape and the geographical and historical patriarchal order. As a result of this process, the possibility to argue against the subordination of the region emerges from highlighting feminine metaphors of land and feminine praxis, which nowadays confront both the landscape's official interpretation and an unequal access to resources.
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Keywords: Estado nacional; National State; Patagonia; feminización; feminization; landscape; paisaje; subordinación; subordination

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Instituto de Investigación en Diversidad Cultural y Procesos de Cambio, CONICET – Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Mitre 630. 5to piso, San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina

Publication date: November 26, 2015

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