Jennifer S. Hirsch's A Courtship after Marriage: Sexuality and Love in Mexican PDF

By Jennifer S. Hirsch

From approximately seven little ones according to girl in 1960, the fertility expense in Mexico has dropped to approximately 2.6. Such alterations are a part of a bigger transformation explored during this ebook, a richly particular 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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Demographic sampling is universalizing and individually oriented. To construct a sample for a demographic survey, one begins with certain a priori categories, such as race 32 Introduction or ethnicity, sex, and age. For the purposes of a stratified survey sample, the thirty-five-year-old married white middle-class woman with three children who was chosen to be interviewed is as good as any other thirty-fiveyear-old woman of the same race, income, parity, and marital status. A statistician with recent census maps can draw up a sampling frame for a country he or she has never visited; but it is only by ignoring the local intricacies of social organization and making autonomous individuals their sampling unit that survey researchers can justify using the same sampling techniques all over the world.

The principal attraction of bargaining theory is its focus on people as active agents who use culture instead of merely acting it out. I avoid problematic assumptions about a universal rational actor by thinking about strategies as reasoned instead of rational. Reasoned means that behavior is understood as maximizing within the context of certain commonly held unchallenged beliefs. ”27 In this case, the content of those beliefs deals with appropriate masculine and feminine behaviors and sexual relationships.

The idea was to use the accumulation of knowledge generated by many individuals working freely and creatively for the pursuit of human emancipation and the enrichment of daily life. The scientific domination of nature promised freedom from scarcity, want, and the arbitrariness of natural calamity. The development of rational forms of social organization and rational modes of thought promised liberation from the irrationalities of myth, religion, superstition, release from the arbitrary use of power as well as from the dark side of our own human natures.

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