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Neither Married, Widowed, Single, or Divorced: Gender Negotiation, Compliance, and Resistance

Valentina Napolitano

in Migration, Mujercitas, and Medicine Men

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233188
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233188.003.0007
Neither Married, Widowed, Single, or Divorced: Gender Negotiation, Compliance, and Resistance

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This chapter focuses on young women's transition from la ilusión to adulthood in Mexico. It analyzes the multilayered subjectivity of female experience and its contradictory nature in negotiating gender identity and suggests that many women believed that the traditional gender identity rests in motherhood, in experiences of self-abnegation, in service, and in providing a link for family relationships to unfold rather than stressing autonomy and individual agency. It also discusses the tensions that arise between the multiplicity of perceptions of gender and the fixity of their representation.

Keywords: women; adulthood; la ilusión; Mexico; motherhood; gender identity; autonomy

Chapter.  10132 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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