Representations on Gender, Masculinity and Men among Undergraduate Students from Valdivia, Chile
The object of the study was to explore representations on Gender, Masculinity and Men among undergraduate students in higher education institutions in Valdivia, Chile. The study design was non-experimental, transectional and exploratory, using the data capture and analysis technique of natural semantic networks. The participants were 137 students on various courses with different gender identities and sexual orientations. The results show that representations on Gender have shifted from sex and women to Identity; for Masculinity, the network condenses around Man; and for Men, the core is Gender, closely followed by Machismo, Persona and Sex. The associations for each word concept stimulus are broad, and present variations from the literature. The conclusion is that undergraduate students have greater conceptual baggage linked to gender studies, which could be understood by the ever greater discussion of issues related to this subject inside universities thanks to the feminist movements led by female university students.
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