Sex in Revolution: Gender, Politics, and Power in Modern Mexico / Edition 1

Sex in Revolution: Gender, Politics, and Power in Modern Mexico / Edition 1

by Jocelyn H. Olcott
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822338998

ISBN-13: 9780822338994

Pub. Date: 01/17/2007

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Sex in Revolution challenges the prevailing narratives of the Mexican Revolution and postrevolutionary state formation by placing women at center stage. Bringing to bear decades of feminist scholarship and cultural approaches to Mexican history, the essays in this book demonstrate how women seized opportunities created by modernization efforts and revolutionary…  See more details below

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Sex in Revolution challenges the prevailing narratives of the Mexican Revolution and postrevolutionary state formation by placing women at center stage. Bringing to bear decades of feminist scholarship and cultural approaches to Mexican history, the essays in this book demonstrate how women seized opportunities created by modernization efforts and revolutionary upheaval to challenge conventions of sexuality, work, family life, religious practices, and civil rights.

Concentrating on episodes and phenomena that occurred between 1915 and 1950, the contributors deftly render experiences ranging from those of a transgendered Zapatista soldier to upright damas catolicas and Mexico City's chicas modernas pilloried by the press and male students. Women refashioned their lives by seeking relief from bad marriages through divorce courts and preparing for new employment opportunities through vocational education. Activists ranging from Catholics to Communists mobilized for political and social rights. Although forced to compromise in the face of fierce opposition, these women made an indelible imprint on post-revolutionary society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822338994
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
01/17/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Foreword
When Gender Can't Be Seen amid the Symbols: Women and the Mexican Revolution   Carlos Monsivais     1
Introduction
Pancho Villa, the Daughters of Mary, and the Modern Woman: Gender in the Long Mexican Revolution   Mary Kay Vaughan     21
Embodying Revolutionary Culture
Unconcealable Realities of Desire: Amelio Robles's (Transgender) Masculinity in the Mexican Revolution   Gabriela Cano     35
The War on Las Pelonas: Modern Women and Their Enemies, Mexico City, 1924   Anne Rubenstein     57
Femininity, Indigenismo, and Nation: Film Representation by Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez   Julia Tunon     81
Reshaping the Domestic Sphere
"If Love Enslaves...Love Be Damned!": Divorce and Revolutionary State Formation in Yucatan   Stephanie Smith     99
Gender, Class, and Anxiety at the Gabriela Mistral Vocational School, Revolutionary Mexico City   Patience A. Schell     112
Breaking and Making Families: Adoption and Public Welfare, Mexico City, 1938-1942   Ann S. Blum     127
The Gendered Realm of Labor Organizing
The Struggle between the Metate and the Molinos de Nixtamal in Guadalajara, 1920-1940   Maria Teresa Fernandez-Aceves     147
Gender, Work, Trade Unionism, and Working-Class Women's Culture in Post-Revolutionary Veracruz   Heather Fowler-Salamini     162
Working-Class Masculinity and the Rationalized Sex: Gender and Industrial Modernization in the Textile Industry in Postrevolutionary Puebla   Susan M. Gauss     181
Women and Revolutionary Politics
Gendering the Faith and Altering the Nation: Mexican Catholic Women's Activism, 1917-1940   Kristina A. Boylan     199
The Center Cannot Hold: Women on Mexico's Popular Front   Jocelyn Olcott     223
Epilogue
Rural Women's Grassroots Activism, 1980-2000: Refraining the Nation from Below   Lynn Stephen     241
Final Reflections: Gender, Chaos, and Authority in Revolutionary Times   Temma Kaplan     261
Bibliography     277
Contributors     303
Index     307

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