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Interamerican Journal of Psychology

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HENNIGEN, Inês  e  GUARESCHI, Neuza Maria de Fátima. The place of fathers and mothers in the contemporary media: gender issues. Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.1, pp. 81-90. ISSN 0034-9690.

This paper aims to discuss the construction of social places of fathers and mothers from two guidelines. The first one considers media as a space that produces and circulates discourses that have decisively contributed towards our subjectivation. The second idea is that gender relations are widely spread through the social field. An analysis of products of media has been carried out in order to know the discourses that have been constructing ways of being a father and a mother in our society. The analysis, in a foucaultian perspective, pointed out two main findings. The association between significations of masculinity and paternity and between feminility and maternity, usually appearing as an essence of the woman; also the reference to a constant dispute between fathers and mothers, being sons and daughters often placed as desired beings or as bargain objects. The discussion, guided by the conception of gender relations, questioned the naturalization of these significations, showing the dispute of power/knowlege implied in its constitution.

Palavras-chave : Media; Subjetivación; Discursos; Poder; Relaciones de género; Media; Subjectivation; Discourse; Power; Gender relations.

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