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Decoding Gender: Law and Practice in Contemporary Mexico
edited by Helga Baitenmann, Victoria Chenaut and Ann Varley
contributions by Ivonne Szasz, Rosio Cordova Plaza, Lynn Stephen, Maria Teresa Sierra, Soledad Gonzalez Montes, Adriana Ortiz-Ortega, Carmen Diana Deere, Helga Baitenmann, Victoria Chenaut, Ann Varley and Ana Alonso
foreword by Maxine Molyneux
afterword by Jane F Collier
Rutgers University Press, 2007
eISBN: 978-0-8135-7826-2 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-4050-4
Library of Congress Classification KGF462.W64D43 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 346.720134

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.

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