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ERIC Number: ED145333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 15
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Why Migrant Women Make Their Husbands Tamales.
Williams, Brett
Family life among the poor has been the subject of many stereotypes, which often focus on the failure of poor families to conform to middleclass structures and muster sympathies for members of one sex at the expense of the other. Chicano migrants' large extended families are often labeled 'stifling', and women's involvement in the lives of their kin is taken as evidence of their conservatism and oppression. That women especially nurture and defer to their husbands leads observers to dichotomize migrants as machos and martyrs; brutish husbands allegedly dominate wives who are suffocated by family life and bound by rural Mexican tradition. But the stark poverty and limited upward mobility of migrants' lives mean that individuals realistically find their greatest security in gathering and binding kin whom they can count on for emotional and economic support. Women, especially, are critical liaisons among kin, working to insure their lifelong involvement in one another's travels and concerns. Marriage is a special case of such kin-work, and three life histories of migrant women reveal the real complexity of their conjugal relations. (Author)
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