Dolor Y Alegria / Edition 1

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In Dolor Y Alegria (Sorrow and Joy), fifteen mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers in the Mexican city of Cuernavaca speak about the dramatic effects that urbanization and rapid social change have had on their lives. Sarah LeVine deftly combines these autobiographical vignettes with ethnographic material, survey findings, and her own observations. The result is a vivid picture of contrast and continuity.

"Fascinating ethnography focuses on ways in which urbanization and rapid social change have affected family life and women at various life stages, including childhood, adolescence, marriage, childbearing years, and old age. Based on interviews with 15 working-class women of distinct generational groups from a tenement neighborhood in Cuernavaca. Interviews were conducted semiweekly over a one-year span (1984-85). Additional chapter discusses women's roles and family relations during the 1990s"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299137946
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/1993
  • Series: Life Course Studies
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah LeVine is research associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Her books include Mothers and Wives: Gusii Women of East Africa. Clara Sunderland Correa is a child therapist in private practice in Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Mexican Woman in Historical Perspective 3
1 Ninez: Childhood from the 1920s to the 1970s 28
2 Ya Soy Senorita: Adolescence and Courtship 52
3 La Vida de Casada: Expectations and Realities of Marriage 79
4 Con Todos Estos Chamacos: Child Rearing in the City 140
5 Se Acaba la Lucha: Widowhood and Old Age 178
6 [actual symbol not reproducible]Cumplir o Exigir? Urban Women in the 1990s 195
Postscript 1991 206
Notes 211
Bibliography 221
Index 231
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