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Decoding Gender
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Gender discrimination pervades nearly all legal institutions and practices in Latin America. The deeper question is how this shapes broader relations of power. By examining the relationship between law and gender as it manifests itself in the Mexican legal system, the thirteen essays in this volume show how law is produced by, but also perpetuates, unequal power relations. At the same time, however, authors show how law is often malleable and can provide spaces for negotiation and redress. The contributors (including political scientists, sociologists, geographers, anthropologists, and economists) explore these issues-not only in courts, police stations, and prisons, but also in rural organizations, indigenous communities, and families.By bringing new interdisciplinary perspectives to issues such as the quality of citizenship and the rule of law in present-day Mexico, this book raises important issues for research on the relationship between law and gender more widely.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Tables
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Forward
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction. Law and Gender in Mexico: Defining the Field
  2. pp. 1-40
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  1. Part One: Discourses on Law and Sexuality
  2. pp. 41-42
  1. 1. Love, Sex, and Gossip in Legal Cases from Namiquipa, Chihuahua
  2. pp. 43-58
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  1. 2. Sins, Abnormalities, and Rights: Gender and Sexuality in Mexican Penal Codes
  2. pp. 59-74
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  1. 3. The Realm outside the Law: Transvestite Sex Work In Xalapa, Veracruz
  2. pp. 75-90
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  1. Part Two: Gender at the Intersection of Law and Custom
  2. pp. 91-92
  1. 4. Women’s Land Rights and Indigenous Autonomy in Chiapas: Interlegality and the Gendered Dynamics of National and Alternative Popular Legal Systems
  2. pp. 93-108
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  1. 5. Indigenous Women, Law, and Custom: Gender Ideologies in the Practice of Justice
  2. pp. 109-124
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  1. 6. Indigenous Women and the Law: Prison as a Gendered Experience
  2. pp. 125-142
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  1. Part Three: Legal Constructions of Marriage and the Family
  2. pp. 143-144
  1. 7. Domesticating the Law
  2. pp. 145-161
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  1. 8. Conflictive Marriage and Separation in a Rural Municipality in Central Mexico, 1970–2000
  2. pp. 162-179
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  1. 9. The Archaeology of Gender in the New Agrarian Court Rulings
  2. pp. 180-194
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  1. Part Four: Legal Reform and the Politics of Gender
  2. pp. 195-196
  1. 10. Law and the Politics of Abortion
  2. pp. 197-212
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  1. 11. Married Women’s Property Rights in Mexico: A Comparative Latin American Perspective and Research Agenda
  2. pp. 213-230
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  1. Afterword: Thinking about Gender and Law in Mexico
  2. pp. 231-238
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 239-264
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 265-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-275
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