Rationalizing patriarchy: gender, domestic violence, and law in Mexico

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National legislation criminalizing domestic violence and cases from the rural town of Namiquipa, Chihuahua, are examined in relation to broad processes of state formation and local practices in order to demonstrate the ways in which law was a site for the negotiation of identities and relations of power in 19th century Mexico. The paper argues that the criminalization of domestic violence in Mexico was part of a liberal process of nation-state formation that attempted to revolutionalize the legitimate bases of authority and redefine hegemonic forms of gender in both public and domestic spheres. However, legal changes rationalized rather than undermined patriarchy. -Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-47
Number of pages19
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995


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  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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