Decoding Gender: Law and Practice in Contemporary Mexico

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Gender discrimination pervades nearly all legal institutions and practices in Latin America. The deeper question is how this shapes broader relations of power. By examining the relationship between law and gender as it manifests itself in the Mexican legal system, the thirteen essays in this volume show how law is produced by, but also perpetuates, unequal power relations. At the same time, however, authors show how law is often malleable and can provide spaces for negotiation and redress. The contributors (including political scientists, sociologists, geographers, anthropologists, and economists) explore these issues-not only in courts, police stations, and prisons, but also in rural organizations, indigenous communities, and families.

By bringing new interdisciplinary perspectives to issues such as the quality of citizenship and the rule of law in present-day Mexico, this book raises important issues for research on the relationship between law and gender more widely.

 

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Helga Baitenmann is an associate fellow of the Institute of the Study of the Americas, University of London.

Victoria Chenaut is a research professor at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologa Social, Mexico.

Ann Varley is a reader in Geography at University College London.

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"This volume provides a unique interdisciplinary collection of theoretically grounded analyses and empirically based accounts revealing how law is shaped by, and also shapes, gendered relations of power." -- Sarah Hamilton, author of The Two-Headed Household: Gender and Rural Development in the Ecuadorean Andes

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