By Jennifer S. Hirsch
From approximately seven childrens according to lady in 1960, the fertility fee in Mexico has dropped to approximately 2.6. Such alterations are a part of a bigger transformation explored during this ebook, a richly particular ethnographic learn of generational and migration-related redefinitions of gender, marriage, and sexuality in rural Mexico and between Mexicans in Atlanta.
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Occasionally those I interviewed would themselves use the Spanish equivalent, moderno—and I think particularly of a man in Atlanta who told me, “Soy un hombre Introduction 13 moderno” (I am a modern man). When asked what that meant, he said that it meant he likes to be with his wife, to spend time with her. The implicit contrast (and critique) was to an antediluvian style of machismo in which social life was highly gender-segregated and a man’s domestic priority was to control his wife and children rather than to enjoy their company.
She argues that Caldwell’s and Stone’s perceptive descriptions of changes in the emotional texture of family life are insufﬁcient evidence for their argument that ideological change alone is the driving force behind social and demographic change. ”46 Following her lead, I take the structural and cultural changes to be mutually reinforcing. Mexican companionate marriages share with the North American construct an emphasis on the importance of sexual intimacy, but they manifest at the same time a number of uniquely Latin American features, such as a continued emphasis on maternity (albeit redeﬁned) and an ongoing distinction between women of the street and of the house.
Is due to increases in the Hispanic population. 4 indicate the distribution of this growth throughout the metro area. 64 Atlanta has had a Cuban-American community since the late 1960s, and Cuban Americans still make up a portion of the elite of the city’s Hispanic community (that is, the boards of directors of the Latin American Association and other Hispanic business and social service organizations). 2. Georgia, Percent Hispanic by County, 2000. economy (and the consequent boom in commercial and residential construction) and the economic depression in California and Texas (both of which have large Mexican-origin populations), among other factors.
A Courtship after Marriage: Sexuality and Love in Mexican Transnational Families by Jennifer S. Hirsch