Household and Community

Lisa Sousa

in The Woman Who Turned Into a Jaguar, and Other Narratives of Native Women in Archives of Colonial Mexico

Published by Stanford University Press

Published in print January 2017 | ISBN: 9780804756402
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781503601116 | DOI:
Household and Community

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Chapter 8 investigates relations within the household, focusing on family organization, ritual kinship, and residence patterns. Members of the household, whether blood relatives or not, formed a family, who were united by their collective experiences of working and living together. Marriage and ritual kinship formalized ties between households, while informal arrangements were sustained by mutual support, collaborative labor, and shared resources. The chapter explores the economic, social, moral, spiritual, and political dimensions of the household. Chapter 8 argues that household and community were two interrelated spheres, and that women were often at the center of social, economic, and political interaction. The chapter also examines how ritual kinship created multidimensional webs of relations among households and provided important social networks for women.

Keywords: household; family relations; tribute; ritual kinship; compadrazgo; networks

Chapter.  14023 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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