By Jennifer S. Hirsch
From approximately seven young ones in keeping with lady in 1960, the fertility expense in Mexico has dropped to approximately 2.6. Such adjustments are a part of a bigger transformation explored during this e-book, a richly targeted ethnographic examine of generational and migration-related redefinitions of gender, marriage, and sexuality in rural Mexico and between Mexicans in Atlanta.
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81 Similarly, at the end of the study it will not be possible to conclude what percentage of women are more or less powerful than their husbands. The very idea of dividing power into a categorical variable would make most anthropologists’ hair stand on end. Anthropologists see power as more diffuse and thus tend to focus on the different types and sources of power wielded and resisted, rather than thinking of power as a quality that people simply do or do not possess. -born children, a driver’s license, and consanguineal kin nearby are key sources of power.
39 Giddens discusses how these ideas about sexuality’s role in relationships have become part of popular wisdom in the United States. He notes, for example, that Lillian Rubin’s research with married American women found that “far more is anticipated sexually of marriage . . by both women and men, than was normally the case in earlier generations. ”40 Giddens argues that heterosexual marriages are just one type of intimate relationship in which people are bound together by choice and pleasure rather than commitment and obligation.
Nor were Pilar’s living conditions particularly modern; she lived, as had her mother when she married, in her father-in-law’s house. Pilar and her husband were living out an affective modernity, not a material one; as they walked hand in hand through their town, what was new about their love was the centrality of its place in their marriage and Pilar’s knowledge that she was her husband’s best friend. I did not set out to explore gendered modernity in Mexican families, and my research only shifted in this direction because of women’s and men’s insistent claims that they were not like their parents.
A Courtship after Marriage: Sexuality and Love in Mexican Transnational Families by Jennifer S. Hirsch