The influence of marianismo and machismo on the position of women in society in Mexico

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The influence of marianismo and machismo on the position of women in society in Mexico

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: The influence of marianismo and machismo on the position of women in society in Mexico
Author: Gerritsen, Jodie
Issue Date: 2019
Abstract: This Bachelor’s thesis analyzes the influence of the ideologies marianismo and machismo on society in Mexico. By analyzing the country’s past, from pre-Hispanic times until after the conquest, it is safe to say that the past continues to have a significant influence on present day Mexico. Marianismo and machismo were used by the Spaniards, as tools for controlling the indigenous people of Mexico, and this has led to the subordinate social position of women. As marianismo and machismo continue to be deeply embedded in Mexican culture, it is important to detect the main institutions that perpetuate these traditions, and cause them to live on in the present. Even though we can see the presence of marianismo and machismo throughout the whole of Mexican society, this work will focus on the economic position and political participation of women. Generally speaking, the family can be considered the main institution that keeps these ideologies alive, doing so by means of traditional norms and values. This thesis will show that, besides the impact on the family unit, marianismo and machismo also have significant effects on the labor market and the political sphere.
Supervisor: Crevels, Mily
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: International Studies (Bachelor)
Specialisation: BA International Studies Latin America
ECTS Credits: 15
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/63591
 

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