1st Edition

Intimacies and Cultural Change Perspectives on Contemporary Mexico

By Daniel Nehring, Rosario Esteinou Copyright 2014
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    Exploring cultural transformations of intimacy in contemporary Mexico, Intimacies and Cultural Change examines the ways in which globalization and rapid cultural change have transformed the cultural meanings of couple relationships, sexuality, and personal life in Mexican society. Through a range of contemporary case studies, the book sheds light on the ways in which people draw on these cultural meanings in everyday life to account for their experiences and practices of intimacy in different social settings. An interdisciplinary volume, presenting the latest research on the region from experts working in diverse fields within the social sciences, this book will appeal to scholars of sociology, anthropology, geography and social psychology with interests in gender and sexuality, social change and contemporary intimate relationships.

    Introduction A Brief Introduction, DanielNehring, RosarioEsteinou, EmmanuelAlvarado; Chapter 1 Intimate Citizenship and Social Change in Contemporary Mexico, KatieWillis; Chapter 2 Intimacy in Twentieth-Century Mexico, RosarioEsteinou; Chapter 3 Intimacy, Lesbian Desire and Representation in Contemporary Mexican Film: Así del precipicio, RosanaBlanco-Cano; Chapter 4 Sexual Citizenship and Youth Identities: Camino a casa. Un día en la vida de un joven mexicano by Naief Yehya, BladimirRuiz; Chapter 5 Men and Conjugal Life in Mexico: Change and Persistence, OlgaRojas; Chapter 6 Love Matters: Couple Relationships among Young Female Professionals from Mexico City, DanielNehring; Chapter 7 Experiences and Understandings of Intimate Life in Tehuitzingo: Courtship, Marriage and the Dissolution of Relationships, DubravkaMindek; Chapter 8 Intimate Space, Assimilation and Divergence: An Analysis of the Reproductive Decisions of Contemporary Mexican American Women, EmmanuelAlvarado; Chapter 9 Dual Pathways: Mexican Gay Immigrants, their US-Born Partners, and the Dynamics of Sexual Globalization, HéctorCarrillo;


    Daniel Nehring is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Swansea University, UK.

    Rosario Esteinou is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) at the National Science Council in Mexico City.

    Emmanuel Alvarado is Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He is also co-editor of the Florida Atlantic Comparative Studies Journal, published by Florida Atlantic University.

    ’Intimacies and Cultural Change celebrates and gives voice to the kind of interdisciplinary collaboration that is possible, as scholars from a wide array of intellectual paths converge to advance our understanding of the ways in which intimacy, sexuality, love and relationships, and family life are being organized and reinvented in an increasingly globalized 21st century Mexican society.’ Gloria González-López, The University of Texas, Austin, USA ’This book provides a long overdue examination of global influences on cultural change - in particular, within Mexican families. As the contexts of both families and Mexico have changed, so have the cultural meanings of sexuality, relationships, parenting, marriage, etc. In particular, this book lays the groundwork for an indigenous and emerging Family Science in Mexico.’ Stephan M. Wilson, Oklahoma State University, USA