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Brides of ChristConventual Life in Colonial Mexico$
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Asuncion Lavrin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752831

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752831.001.0001

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The Struggle Over Vida Común

The Struggle Over Vida Común

(p.275) Chapter Nine The Struggle Over Vida Común
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This chapter examines the struggle over the so-called vida común in the history of nunneries in colonial Mexico. It explains that under this form of observance, nuns would eat in a refectory sharing communal meals, give up their personal servants and dismiss girls and seculars living in the cloister. It suggests that the conflict between nuns and their male prelates regarding vida común was a gender contestation issue and explains that while the reform was understood as a religious issue, it was characterized by the explicit use of gendered terms by all those involved.

Keywords:   vida común, nunneries, colonial Mexico, communal meals, male prelates, gender contestation

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