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Marital Unions and the Normalization of Suffering

Cecilia Menjívar

in Enduring Violence

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267664
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948419 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520267664.003.0004
Marital Unions and the Normalization of Suffering

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This chapter focuses on a sphere of women's lives that highlights the normalization of gender hierarchies in San Alejo. It particularly focuses on the institutional and structural dimensions of women's suffering. This encompasses not only the role of markets and governments but also the reproduction of inequalities and power differentials at an intimate level. Hence this chapter traces the association between the women's internalized humiliations and indignities and the legitimations of gender inequalities in San Alejo. This chapter begins with violence of robadas, wherein during courtship men take the women to be their partners even when the will of the women was unclear. Then the chapter focuses on the three sources of violence that take place within the marital union. Such sources of violence include alcoholism, infidelity, and violence in the context of marital relations.

Keywords: women's lives; gender hierarchies; San Alejo; women's suffering; inequalities; power differentials; internalized humiliations; gender inequalities; robadas

Chapter.  14976 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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