Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name



Women's and Gender Studies


Linda Martin-Alcoff

Subject Categories

Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Feminist Philosophy | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | Latin American Languages and Societies | Latina/o Studies | Politics and Social Change | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Women's Studies


Latin America, Femicide, Gender-Based Violence, United States, Intimate Partner Violence, Patriarchy


This paper aims to tackle two components in analyzing the phenomenological concept of femicide, most simply known as the killing of women because they are women through structural violence and oppression. First, it will develop its deployment within the Latin American framework as it has been adapted to function within the regional lexicon, both socially and legislatively. This assessment will serve to address the successes and failures thus far in tackling femicide as the location with the highest statistics globally. Through this foregrounding, it will lead into how this revised deployment of femicide fits into the context of Global North where it came to be publicized but failed to function at the wide scale seen in Latin America. With a focus on the United States due to its complicity in the ways the concept and action of femicide occurs within the Latin American region, a decolonial reading of the occurrences of femicide in the United States, as well as the structural tools that allow it to occur similarly to Latin America, will follow in order to determine the need for the language within its own space rather than ascribing it as a distant threat to female bodies elsewhere.