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Gender, Sexuality, and Power in Latin America since Independence [NOOK Book]

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Featuring the original primary research of a number of leading scholars, this innovative volume integrates gender and sexuality into the main currents of historical interpretation concerning Latin America. The book argues that gender and sexuality_rather than simply supplementing existing explanations of political, social, cultural, and economic phenomena_are central to understanding these processes. Focusing on subjects as varied as murder, motherhood and the death penalty in early Republican Venezuela, dueling ...
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Gender, Sexuality, and Power in Latin America since Independence

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Overview

Featuring the original primary research of a number of leading scholars, this innovative volume integrates gender and sexuality into the main currents of historical interpretation concerning Latin America. The book argues that gender and sexuality_rather than simply supplementing existing explanations of political, social, cultural, and economic phenomena_are central to understanding these processes. Focusing on subjects as varied as murder, motherhood and the death penalty in early Republican Venezuela, dueling in Uruguay, midwifery in Brazil, youth culture in Mexico, and revolution in Nicaragua, contributors explore the many ways that gender and sexuality have been essential to the operation of power in Latin America over the last two hundred years. The linked questions of agency, identity, the body, and ethnicity are woven throughout their analysis. By analyzing a rich array of medical, criminological, juridical, social scientific, and human rights discourses throughout Latin America, the authors challenge students as well as scholars to reconsider our understanding of the past through the lenses of gender and sexuality. Making the case for the centrality of gender and sexuality to any study of political and social relations, this volume also will help chart the future direction of research in Latin American history since Independence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742581364
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/6/2006
  • Series: Jaguar Books on Latin America
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 318
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

William E. French is associate professor in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia. Katherine Elaine Bliss is visiting scholar and adjunct associate professor at the Center for Latin American Studies, Georgetown University.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction: Gender, Sexuality and Power in Latin America since Independence
Chapter 2 Vicenta Ochoa, Dead Many Times: Gender, Politics, and a Death Sentence in Early Republican Caracas, Venezuela
Chapter 3 Madame Durocher's Performance: Cross-Dressing, Midwifery, and Authority in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Chapter 4 Mismeasured Women: Gender and Social Science on the Eve of Female Suffrage in Cuba
Chapter 5 Such a Strong Need: Sexuality and Violence in Belem Prison
Chapter 6 Gentlemanly Responsibility and Insults of a Woman: Dueling and the Unwritten Rules of Public Life in Uruguay, 1860-1920
Chapter 7 Work, Sex, and Power in a Central American Export Economy at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Chapter 8 Dangerous Driving: Adolescence, Sex, and the Gendered Experience of Public Space in Early-Twentieth-Century Mexico City
Chapter 9 Doctoring the National Body: Gender, Race, Eugenics, and the Invert in Urban Brazil, ca. 1920-1945
Chapter 10 Masculinity, Primitivism, and Power: Gaucho, Tango, and the Shaping of Argentine National Identity
Chapter 11 Gender, Sexuality, and Revolution: Making Histories and Cultural Politics in Nicaragua, 1979-2001
Chapter 12 Gendering the Space of Death: Memory, Democratization, and the Domestic
Chapter 13 Appendix: Mexican Internet Sites for Gender and Sexuality
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