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.
Sex Roles – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 6, 2004
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