"Here, Our Culture is Hard" Stories of Domestic Violence from a Mayan Community in Belize

ISBN-10: 0292752490

ISBN-13: 9780292752498

Edition: 2001

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Description: Marriage among the Maya of Central America is a model of complementarity between a man and a woman. This union demands mutual respect and mutual service. Yet some husbands beat their wives.In this pioneering book, Laura McClusky examines the lives of several Mopan Maya women in Belize. Using engaging ethnographic narratives and a highly accessible analysis of the lives that have unfolded before her, McClusky explores Mayan women's strategies for enduring, escaping, and avoiding abuse. Factors such as gender, age inequalities, marriage patterns, family structure, educational opportunities, and economic development all play a role in either preventing or contributing to domestic violence in the village. McClusky argues that using narrative ethnography, instead of cold statistics or dehumanized theoretical models, helps to keep the focus on people, "rehumanizing" our understanding of violence. This highly accessible book brings to the social sciences new ways of thinking about, representing, and studying abuse, marriage, death, gender roles, and violence.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 8/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Field Site and Fieldwork
Laziness and Work
Another Legitimate Beating
Daughters
"When We Go to High School, We Change"
Traveling Spirits
Summary and Discussion
Epilogue: Milling Data
Appendix: List of Main Characters
Notes
Glossary
References Cited
Index
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