Decoding Gender: Law and Practice in Contemporary Mexico

Decoding Gender: Law and Practice in Contemporary Mexico

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Decoding Gender: Law and Practice in Contemporary Mexico by Ann Varley

Gender discrimination pervades nearly all legal institutions and practices in Latin America. The deeper question is how this shapes broader relations of power. By examining the relationship between law and gender as it manifests itself in the Mexican legal system, the thirteen essays in this volume show how law is produced by, but also perpetuates, unequal power relations. At the same time, however, authors show how law is often malleable and can provide spaces for negotiation and redress. The contributors (including political scientists, sociologists, geographers, anthropologists, and economists) explore these issues-not only in courts, police stations, and prisons, but also in rural organizations, indigenous communities, and families.

By bringing new interdisciplinary perspectives to issues such as the quality of citizenship and the rule of law in present-day Mexico, this book raises important issues for research on the relationship between law and gender more widely.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813541594
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 06/22/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 935 KB

About the Author

Helga Baitenmann is an associate fellow of the Institute of the Study of the Americas, University of London.

Victoria Chenaut is a research professor at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologa Social, Mexico.

Ann Varley is a reader in Geography at University College London.

Table of Contents

Tables     vii
Foreword   Maxine Molyneux     ix
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction: Law and Gender in Mexico: Defining the Field   Helga Baitenmann   Victoria Chenaut   Ann Varley     1
Discourses on Law and Sexuality
Love, Sex, and Gossip in Legal Cases from Namiquipa, Chihuahua   Ana M. Alonso     43
Sins, Abnormalities, and Rights: Gender and Sexuality in Mexican Penal Codes   Ivonne Szasz     59
The Realm outside the Law: Transvestite Sex Work in Xalapa, Veracruz   Rosio Cordova Plaza     75
Gender at the Intersection of Law and Custom
Women's Land Rights and Indigenous Autonomy in Chiapas: Interlegality and the Gendered Dynamics of National and Alternative Popular Legal Systems   Lynn Stephen     93
Indigenous Women, Law, and Custom: Gender Ideologies in the Practice of Justice   Maria Teresa Sierra     109
Indigenous Women and the Law: Prison as a Gendered Experience   Victoria Chenaut     125
Legal Constructions of Marriage and the Family
Domesticating the Law   Ann Varley     145
Conflictive Marriage and Separation in a Rural Municipality in Central Mexico, 1970-2000   Soledad Gonzalez Montes     162
The Archaeology of Gender in the New Agrarian CourtRulings   Helga Baitenmann     180
Legal Reform and the Politics of Gender
Law and the Politics of Abortion   Adriana Ortiz-Ortega     197
Married Women's Property Rights in Mexico: A Comparative Latin American Perspective and Research Agenda   Carmen Diana Deere     213
Afterword: Thinking about
Gender and Law in Mexico   Jane F. Collier     231
Bibliography     239
Notes on Contributors     265
Index     271

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