Duros and Gangland Girlfriends

Adam Baird

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    This chapter uses original empirical data from marginalized urban communities in Medellín, Colombia, to move beyond simplistic interpretations of male violence by considering the nexus between masculinities and class, gang subculture, and the role of both men and women in the reproduction of urban violence. Conceptually, Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of capital is used to highlight the performance and display of gangland masculine identities, with particular attention given to the complex role that gangland girlfriends play in both reinforcing certain “successful” male gang identities, while simultaneously becoming victims of a sexual violence, namely rape.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationViolence at the Urban Margins
    EditorsJavier Auyero, Philippe Bourgois, Nancy Scheper-Hughes
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherUniversity Press Scholarship Online
    ISBN (Print)9780190221447
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


    • gangs
    • urban violence
    • male violence
    • masculinities
    • Medellín
    • Bourdieu
    • rape
    • sexual violence


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