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The Origins of Macho

Men and Masculinity in Colonial Mexico

Sonya Lipsett-Rivera (author)

ISBN: 9780826360403

Publication Date: Aug 2019

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Basing the study of colonial Mexican masculinity on the experiences of mainstream men, Lipsett-Rivera traces the genesis of the Mexican macho by looking at daily interactions between Mexican men in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In doing so she establishes an important foundation for gender studies in Mexico and Latin America.
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With limited resources to contextualize masculinity in colonial Mexico, film, literature, and social history perpetuate the stereotype associating Mexican men with machismo--defined as excessive virility that is accompanied by bravado and explosions of violence. While scholars studying men's gender identities in the colonial period have used Inquisition documents to explore their subject, these documents are inherently limiting given that the men described in them were considered to be criminals or otherwise marginal. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century resources, too, provide a limited perspective on machismo in the colonial period.

The Origins of Macho addresses this deficiency by basing its study of colonial Mexican masculinity on the experiences of mainstream men. Lipsett-Rivera traces the genesis of the Mexican macho by looking at daily interactions between Mexican men in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In doing so she establishes an important foundation for gender studies in Mexico and Latin America and makes a significant contribution to the larger field of masculinity studies.
Pages 288
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Aug 2019
Publisher University of New Mexico Press
Series Diálogos Series
Subject/s History of the Americas   Social & cultural history   Gender studies: men  
Sonya Lipsett-Rivera is a professor of history at Carleton University in Ottawa. She is the author of Gender and the Negotiation of Daily Life in Mexico, 1750-1856 and To Defend Our Water with the Blood of Our Veins: The Struggle for Resources in Colonial Puebla (UNM Press), and she is the coeditor of Emotions and Daily Life in Colonial Mexico (UNM Press) and The Faces of Honor: Sex, Shame, and Violence in Colonial Latin America (UNM Press).

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