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The Woman Who Turned Into a Jaguar, and Other Narratives of Native Women in Archives of Colonial Mexico$
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Lisa Sousa

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756402

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756402.001.0001

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Household and Community

Household and Community

(p.225) Chapter Eight Household and Community
The Woman Who Turned Into a Jaguar, and Other Narratives of Native Women in Archives of Colonial Mexico

Lisa Sousa

Stanford University Press

Chapter 8 investigates relations within the household, focusing on family organization, ritual kinship, and residence patterns. Members of the household, whether blood relatives or not, formed a family, who were united by their collective experiences of working and living together. Marriage and ritual kinship formalized ties between households, while informal arrangements were sustained by mutual support, collaborative labor, and shared resources. The chapter explores the economic, social, moral, spiritual, and political dimensions of the household. Chapter 8 argues that household and community were two interrelated spheres, and that women were often at the center of social, economic, and political interaction. The chapter also examines how ritual kinship created multidimensional webs of relations among households and provided important social networks for women.

Keywords:   household, family relations, tribute, ritual kinship, compadrazgo, networks

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