Sexuality and Marriage in Colonial Latin America

TitleSexuality and Marriage in Colonial Latin America
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsLavrín, Asunción
Number of Pages349
PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press

This collection of original essays is the first in English to explore sexuality and marriage in colonial Latin America. The nine contributors, including historians and anthropologists, examine various aspects of the male-female relationship and the mechanisms for controlling it developed by church and state after the European conquest of Mexico and Central and South America. These chapters examine the variety of sexual expression in different periods and among persons of different social and economic status, the relations of the sexes as proscribed by church and state and the various forms of resistance to their constraints, the couple’s own view of the bond that united them and of their social obligations in producing a family, and the dissolution of that bond. Topics infrequently explored in Latin American history but discussed here include premarital relations, illegitimacy, consensual unions, sexual witchcraft, spouse abuse, and divorce.

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