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Gloria González-López

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479855599

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479855599.001.0001

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Toward a Feminist Sociology of Incest in Mexico

Toward a Feminist Sociology of Incest in Mexico

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(p.232) 6 Toward a Feminist Sociology of Incest in Mexico
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Family Secrets
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Gloria González-López

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479855599.003.0006

This chapter offers a critical and detailed overview of the book and its contributions. It starts by briefly situating incest and sexual violence in the context of the current wave of drug trafficking-related violence in Mexico. Then the chapter outlines the study’s two major areas of contribution: (a) to theorizing on gender, sexuality, and family life and incest and Mexican society; and (b) to illuminating law- and social policy–related issues and concerns. A variety of issues affecting the well-being of individuals identified with LGBTQ-related identities and/or communities, and the Catholic Church and sexual violence against children and women are discussed. Final reflections are offered and specific suggestions laid out for future directions in research examining incest and sexual violence, exploring these vital issues in the context of socioeconomic marginality and rural life; secrets and silence; people with disabilities; queer desire and practices; U.S. Spanish-speaking communities and pop culture; the masculinity of men in incestuous families; rape and women’s bodies; racial discrimination and pigmentocracy; and incest across cultures beyond Mexico. This last chapter also offers the reader moving reflections about human resilience, family justice, and trauma.

Keywords:   law, social policy, Catholic Church, resilience, trauma, future directions

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