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Machos, Mistresses, Madonnas: Contesting the Power of Latin American Imagery
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Machos, Mistresses, Madonnas: Contesting the Power of Latin American Imagery (Paperback)

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Challenging the stereotypical images of the dominating male and the subservient woman, this book addresses the variety of representations of in Latin American culture. Ranging across homosexuality, prostitution, football, politics and ethnic relations, this study analyzes the many potent images of gender, from Maradona, the child trickster of Argentinian football, to La Malinche, mistress of a Conquistador and traitor to her nation. Based on social anthropological fieldwork, the essays present ethnographic material from Mexico city to the highlands of Ecuador. Drawing particular attention to the cultural and symbolic meanings of gender, the contributors redress the economic bias that has underpinned research in Latin America. Together, the essays reveal the central role of gender differences in the making of ethnic, national, political and economic divisions. Kristi Anne Stolen is the co-editor of "Gender and Social Change in Developing Countries" and "Power and Social Change in the Argentine Praire".

LGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Verso Books Publication Date: 19/11/1996 ISBN-13: 9781859841600  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Merit Melhuus has carried out fieldwork in Argentina, Norway and Mexico. She is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. Kristi Anne St len is Director and Professor at the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo. She is the author of Gender, Power and Social Change in the Argentine Prairie.

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