By Jennifer S. Hirsch
From approximately seven young children in keeping with girl in 1960, the fertility fee in Mexico has dropped to approximately 2.6. Such alterations are a part of a bigger transformation explored during this ebook, a richly specific ethnographic examine of generational and migration-related redefinitions of gender, marriage, and sexuality in rural Mexico and between Mexicans in Atlanta.
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Extra info for A Courtship after Marriage: Sexuality and Love in Mexican Transnational Families
Map of Mexico Showing Location of Field Sites and Other Locations Mentioned in the Text. 67 There are ﬁve government-run primary schools, though oneﬁfth of the approximately 2,400 children between six and fourteen are not in school. There are several government middle schools and one high school, as well as a private parochial school that offers classes through the end of middle school. Of the approximately 5,000 people older than ﬁfteen years of age, 961 reported no formal schooling at all, but 1,432 had education beyond the sixth-grade (primaria) level, and the 1990 census reported only 608 of the more than 9,000 residents as illiterate.
This concern with representation suggests that more attention should be paid to a community’s internal stratiﬁcation. My response here is to represent types of people. 82 Of course, women can be categorized in many different ways, depending on the criteria, and achieving diversity is complicated by the fact that only some of the categories are even visible to an outsider. Only after several months of ﬁeldwork, for example, did it become clear that the exact location of a woman’s parents’ house in her hometown (that is, its distance and direction from the central plaza) was a reliable marker of social class, or that a driver’s license is a hallmark of independence for migrant women.
In common usage, the word modern implies a contrast with the traditional, a description of the way things are now in comparison to how they have been in the past. The Mexican women and men I spoke with, however, were not just telling me that their lives and loves were different than those of their parents’. Their point was that these relations were better—supposedly freer from constraint, more pleasurable and satisfying, perhaps even in some way more prestigious. The prestige of modernity is so omnipresent a feature of our intellectual landscape as to be invisible; it has become one of our unexamined habits of thought.