A Courtship after Marriage: Sexuality and Love in Mexican by Jennifer S. Hirsch

By Jennifer S. Hirsch

From approximately seven childrens according to girl in 1960, the fertility price in Mexico has dropped to approximately 2.6. Such adjustments are a part of a bigger transformation explored during this e-book, a richly special ethnographic research of generational and migration-related redefinitions of gender, marriage, and sexuality in rural Mexico and between Mexicans in Atlanta.

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Discussing Nigeria in the 1970s, he notes what he calls “the emotional nucleation” of the family. He attributes this microlevel ideological change in turn to more macrolevel 12 Introduction cultural influences such as European religious missionaries, the social effects of education, the media, and the transformation of sexuality into a domain for consumer satisfaction. 45 Critiquing Caldwell, Veena Thadani writes that the evidence presented by both Caldwell and Lawrence Stone (who makes an argument similar to Caldwell’s about the rise of affective individualism in The Family, Sex and Marriage in England, 1500–1800) could just as easily be used to support an argument for the interrelatedness of structural change and ideological transformation.

Women were chosen step by step (as opposed to all at once) as more was learned about the community and as contacts developed. After spending several months interviewing in Atlanta, I went to Degollado and El Fuerte in April 1996 for three months and worked there to “match” women to friends or relatives in Mexico. 88 Matching the life history informants ensured some socioeconomic similarity between the two groups of women interviewed. Further, the structural similarity of the two groups allows for a deeper exploration of other issues in migrant selectivity, such as the role played by personal goals, marital and other relationships, and stages of family formation.

Others have made this same critique of research that focuses on the power dynamics between couples to the exclusion of affective aspects of relationships. 32 It is especially important to include the range of men’s subjectivity, to break down simplistic ideas about a homogeneous masculinity. 33 The way that women and men are motivated by emotion and desire is one of my central interests here, but their emotion and desire must be culturally and historically situated. The attention I pay to the affective aspects of relationships is perhaps my most significant break with previous studies that have used the bargaining perspective.

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