Dr. J.M.M.L. van Wijk

PhD candidate


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Promotiefilmpje Master Antropologie



  • Gender
  • Geweld
  • Alcohol- en druggebruik
  • Prostitutie
  • Regio: Mexico en Belize


Domestic Violence in a Mexican Tourist Area: a Study of Masculinities, Violence and Substance Abuse in an Era of Social Transformations

The Mexican towns of Playa del Carmen and Cancun have become booming tourist resorts; resulting in drastic transformations of social life and gender relations. Domestic violence is frequently occurring. The research concentrates on men as perpetrators of violence against women in the domestic sphere, while acknowledging the relational nature of violence. It attempts to unpack the role of violence within the various masculinity discourses and practices, in the context of the two towns Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Furthermore. It studies how domestic violence is connected with other forms of violence ubiquitous in the area and addressess how substance abuse is related to violence.


  • 2007) ‘Making Sense of a Murder in Mexico.’ In : Medische Antropologie 19 (1) pp 79-95
  • (2006) ‘Romance Tourism on Ambergris Caye, Belize. The Entanglement of Love and Prostitution.’ In: Etnofoor 19( 1) pp 71-89
  • (2006) ‘Sun, Sea and Sharks; Prostitution, Tourism and Gender in Ambergris Caye, Belize.’ Amsterdam: Centrale Huisdrukkerij Vrije Universiteit
  • (2006) Review of Tanya Telfair Sharpe, ‘Behind the Eight Ball; Sex for Crack Cocaine Exchange.’ New York: The Haworth Press 2005, In: Medische Antropologie 18 (2), pp 458-460
  • (2004) ‘Sun Sea and Sharks. Male and Female Prostitution on Ambergris Caye Belize.’ In: Lova: Tijdschrift voor Feministische Antropologie 25 (2). pp. 32-48