Del “cura pederasta” al “sacerdote pedófilo”. Elementos para la genealogía de un monstruo biopolítico (España, siglo XIX al XXI)

  1. Francisco Vázquez García
Meridional. Revista Chilena de Estudios Latinoamericanos

ISSN: 0719-4862 0719-3734

Year of publication: 2022

Issue Title: Dossier: Deconstrucciones del monstruo biopolítico en América Latina (siglos XX y XXI)

Issue: 19

Pages: 55-80

Type: Article

DOI: 10.5354/0719-4862.2022.68527 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openDialnet editor

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This paper follows a track proposed but not developed by Michel Foucault. In his lectures on the Abnormal (1975), the author linked the character of the criminal religious with the figure of the “political monster” but focused only on the type of tyrant. Following this suggestion, our work explores the genealogy of the ecclesiastical man abusing minors. On the one hand, the profile of the “pederast priest” is traced as a biological enemy of the nation and of the class, in the context of the Spanish culture at the end of the colonial Empire, in the transition from the 19th to the 20th century. On the other hand, this form of subjectivity is contrasted with that of the “pedophile clergyman”, as it currently appears in the testimonies of the victims, in the media and in the social sciences. The intention is to show the belonging of both classes of person to very different biopolitical scenarios, despite the continuity of the teratological motive