The concluding chapter reiterates the book’s major arguments and places the study’s contributions within the context of the existing scholarship on Mesoamerican ethnohistory and women’s history. The chapter considers the evidence for both major changes and continuities in indigenous social and gender relations in rural communities of central Mexico and Oaxaca between 1520 to 1750. The chapter argues that many factors over time contributed to the erosion of native women’s status. Nevertheless, women responded to the many challenges that they faced to defend their interests, as well as those of their households and communities.
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