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This innovative volume of original primary research 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742537422
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2006
Series: Jaguar Books on Latin America Series
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.43(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.11(d)

About 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.

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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