By Jennifer S. Hirsch
From approximately seven little ones in line with lady in 1960, the fertility expense in Mexico has dropped to approximately 2.6. Such alterations are a part of a bigger transformation explored during this booklet, a richly designated ethnographic research of generational and migration-related redefinitions of gender, marriage, and sexuality in rural Mexico and between Mexicans in Atlanta.
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Almost half the students in nearby Cross Keys High School come from families that speak Spanish at home. Since the completion of the ﬁeldwork, several of the women interviewed have left these communities thick with recent immigrants for the plusher lawns of Norcross, moving into their own split-level suburban homes and, in one case, starting her own business. The other life history informants lived in trailer parks outside the Perimeter (the highway that encircles the city). Those from El Fuerte, Michoacán, lived in a trailer park in Conyers, about 25 miles east of Atlanta.
Others have made this same critique of research that focuses on the power dynamics between couples to the exclusion of affective aspects of relationships. 32 It is especially important to include the range of men’s subjectivity, to break down simplistic ideas about a homogeneous masculinity. 33 The way that women and men are motivated by emotion and desire is one of my central interests here, but their emotion and desire must be culturally and historically situated. The attention I pay to the affective aspects of relationships is perhaps my most signiﬁcant break with previous studies that have used the bargaining perspective.
39 Giddens discusses how these ideas about sexuality’s role in relationships have become part of popular wisdom in the United States. He notes, for example, that Lillian Rubin’s research with married American women found that “far more is anticipated sexually of marriage . . by both women and men, than was normally the case in earlier generations. ”40 Giddens argues that heterosexual marriages are just one type of intimate relationship in which people are bound together by choice and pleasure rather than commitment and obligation.