The starting point of this response to Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes’s chapter is a principle proposed by the same author, which is “the use of the category of gender with the goal to clarify and challenge long-standing hegemonic structures of power, particularly that of patriarchy.” However, my position on the use of this category is determined by my location as a Central American sociologist and my concern with analyzing gender in its interrelations with other social orders and systems of domination, like class, race, age, sexuality, and even in its interaction with colonial powers. Furthermore, I depart from the need to elaborate a situated analysis of the category within the specific contexts in which it has been utilized in the region. Therefore, I read La Fountain-Stokes from Central America, and my view is partial and determined by specific historical processes and political-epistemological options.
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