Women, Feminism and Social Change in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, 1890-1940 / Edition 1

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Feminists in the Southern Cone countries—Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay—between 1910 and 1930 obliged political leaders to consider gender in labor regulation, civil codes, public health programs, and politics. Feminism thus became a factor in the modernization of these geographically linked but diverse societies in Latin America. Although feminists did not present a unified front in the discussion of divorce, reproductive rights, and public-health schemes to regulate sex and marriage, this work identifies feminism as a trigger for such discussion, which generated public and political debate on gender roles and social change. Asunción Lavrin recounts changes in gender relations and the role of women in each of the three countries, thereby contributing an enormous amount of new information and incisive analysis to the histories of Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.

"Compendium of information on the early feminist movement in the three countries. Includes discussion of women's suffrage and the right to divorce, among other issues"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The publication of this book marks a watershed for Latin American studies."—H Net Book Review
The Americas
"The combination of an analysis of institutional and legislative reforms with their importance for individuals’ lives makes this book requisite and exciting reading for the social and gender history of Latin America, as well as a significant comparative study for scholars of the United States and Europe."—The Americas
"There is assuredly much for northern feminists (and patriarchs) to learn from this book. Highly recommended."—Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803279735
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Series: Engendering Latin America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 502
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Asunción Lavrin is a professor of history at Arizona State University. She edited Sexuality and Marriage in Colonial Latin America (Nebraska 1989) and Latin American Women: Historical Perspectives.
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Table of Contents

List of Plates, Tables, and Figures
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Feminism in the Southern Cone: Definitions and Objectives 15
Ch. 2 Labor and Feminism: Foundations of Change 53
Ch. 3 Puericultura, Public Health, and Motherhood 97
Ch. 4 Feminism and Sexuality: An Uneasy Relationship 125
Ch. 5 The Control of Reproduction: Gender Relations under Scrutiny 159
Ch. 6 Reform of the Civil Codes: The Pursuit of Legal Equality 193
Ch. 7 Divorce: The Triumph and the Agony 227
Ch. 8 Women's Politics and Suffrage in Argentina 257
Ch. 9 Women's Politics and Suffrage in Chile 286
Ch. 10 Women's Politics and Suffrage in Uruguay 321
Epilogue 353
Appendixes 363
Notes 367
Bibliography 441
Index 461
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