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Gender and the negotiation of daily life in Mexico, 1750-1856 / Sonya Lipsett-Rivera.

By: Lipsett-Rivera, Sonya, 1961-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Mexican experience: Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2012Description: 1 online resource (xii, 317 pages) : illustrations, map.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780803240339; 0803240333.Subject(s): Sex role -- Mexico | Space -- Social aspects -- Mexico | Human body -- Social aspects -- MexicoAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Gender and the negotiation of daily life in Mexico, 1750-1856.DDC classification: 972/.02 LOC classification: F1210 | .L575 2012Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Negotiating daily life -- Space and Mexican society -- Behind closed doors -- Beyond the door -- The body in daily life -- The head, honor, and aggression -- Power, sex, hair, and clothes -- Culture, honor, and gender in Mexico.
Summary: History is not just about great personalities, wars, and revolutions; it is also about the subtle aspects of more ordinary matters. On a day-to-day basis the aspects of life that most preoccupied people in late eighteenth- through mid nineteenth-century Mexico were not the political machinations of generals or politicians but whether they themselves could make a living, whether others accorded them the respect they deserved, whether they were safe from an abusive husband, whether their wives and children would obey them--in short, the minutiae of daily life. Sonya Lipsett-Rivera's Gender and the Negotiation of Daily Life in Mexico, 1750-1856 explores the relationships between Mexicans, their environment, and one another, as well as their negotiation of the cultural values of everyday life. By examining the value systems that governed Mexican thinking of the period, Lipsett-Rivera examines the ephemeral daily experiences and interactions of the people and illuminates how gender and honor systems governed these quotidian negotiations. Bodies and the built environment were inscribed with cultural values, and the relationship of Mexicans to and between space and bodies determined the way ordinary people acted out their culture.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Negotiating daily life -- Space and Mexican society -- Behind closed doors -- Beyond the door -- The body in daily life -- The head, honor, and aggression -- Power, sex, hair, and clothes -- Culture, honor, and gender in Mexico.

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History is not just about great personalities, wars, and revolutions; it is also about the subtle aspects of more ordinary matters. On a day-to-day basis the aspects of life that most preoccupied people in late eighteenth- through mid nineteenth-century Mexico were not the political machinations of generals or politicians but whether they themselves could make a living, whether others accorded them the respect they deserved, whether they were safe from an abusive husband, whether their wives and children would obey them--in short, the minutiae of daily life. Sonya Lipsett-Rivera's Gender and the Negotiation of Daily Life in Mexico, 1750-1856 explores the relationships between Mexicans, their environment, and one another, as well as their negotiation of the cultural values of everyday life. By examining the value systems that governed Mexican thinking of the period, Lipsett-Rivera examines the ephemeral daily experiences and interactions of the people and illuminates how gender and honor systems governed these quotidian negotiations. Bodies and the built environment were inscribed with cultural values, and the relationship of Mexicans to and between space and bodies determined the way ordinary people acted out their culture.

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Sonya Lipsett-Rivera is a professor of history at Carleton University. She is the author of To Defend Our Water with the Blood of Our Veins: The Struggle for Resources in Colonial Puebla and coeditor of The Faces of Honor: Sex, Shame, and Violence in Colonial Latin America .

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