The Yucatec Maya Frontier and Maya Women: Tenacity of Tradition and Tragedy of Transformation

The Yucatec Maya Frontier and Maya Women: Tenacity of Tradition and Tragedy of Transformation This study explores strategies of householdmanagement taken by Yucatec Maya women of differentages, in different families, and by their husbands whowere involved in an array of life choices over aten-year period. Field research was conducted at Coba,Quintana Roo, Yucatan between 1975 and 1985. Theresearch revealed considerable variation in femalestatus and role as well as differential andcomplementary male-female relations. The analysis concludesthat women have represented a crucial element intraditional Maya culture and play a significant role inthe modern transformation of Maya society and values. The analysis suggests that “pennycapitalism” practiced by Yucatec Maya women may beof critical value in the preservation and/ortransformation of Yucatec Maya culture. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

The Yucatec Maya Frontier and Maya Women: Tenacity of Tradition and Tragedy of Transformation

Sex Roles , Volume 39 (8) – Oct 6, 2004
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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 1998 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Subject
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
ISSN
0360-0025
eISSN
1573-2762
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1018843730762
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Abstract

This study explores strategies of householdmanagement taken by Yucatec Maya women of differentages, in different families, and by their husbands whowere involved in an array of life choices over aten-year period. Field research was conducted at Coba,Quintana Roo, Yucatan between 1975 and 1985. Theresearch revealed considerable variation in femalestatus and role as well as differential andcomplementary male-female relations. The analysis concludesthat women have represented a crucial element intraditional Maya culture and play a significant role inthe modern transformation of Maya society and values. The analysis suggests that “pennycapitalism” practiced by Yucatec Maya women may beof critical value in the preservation and/ortransformation of Yucatec Maya culture.

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Sex RolesSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 6, 2004

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