Sex, Incest, and Violence in Mexican Families
This chapter offers an analysis of the dimensions involved in a feminist sociological examination of incest and sexual violence in Mexican society. First, it offers critical reflections about images of Mexican families across disciplines studying family life and Mexican cultures, scholarship that has historically pathologized these Mexican families. Second, it examines the history of the research project, inspired by engaged research and public sociology, and born from conversations with professionals and other activists working in Ciudad Juárez with families affected by the sexual violence affecting the border city. It incorporates reflections about self-care and other delicate dimensions involved in sexual violence research and qualitative methods. Third, it outlines some of the theoretical and conceptual challenges that emerged during the fieldwork. Fourth, it provides a historical outline of how and why violence against women, incest laws, and progressive social interventions have evolved throughout Mexican history—from Mesoamerican societies to the 21st century. And fifth, the chapter presents the innovative and groundbreaking theoretical framework that emerged from the research process itself, identified as “A Feminist Sociology of Incestuous Families in Mexico: The Gender and Sexuality of Incest.”
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