The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sex and Latin American Culture is the first comprehensive volume to explore the intersections between gender, sexuality and the creation, consumption and interpretation of popular culture in the Américas.
Chapters seek to enrich our understanding of the role of pop culture in the everyday lives of its creators and consumers, primarily in the 20th and 21st centuries. They reveal how popular culture expresses the historical, social, cultural, and political commonalities that have shaped the lives of peoples that make up the Américas. And highlight how pop culture can conform to and solidify existing social hierarchies, whilst on other occasions contest and resist the status quo. Front and centre are issues of gender and sexuality in this collection, making visible the ways in which subjects who inhabit intersectional identities (sex, gender, race, class) are ‘othered’, as well as demonstrating how these same subjects can and do use pop cultural phenomena in self-affirmative and progressively transformative ways. Topics covered in this volume include TV, film, pop and performance art, graffiti, video games, music, photography, comic books, news, web and digital media.