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Author Hunefeldt, Christine.

Title Liberalism in the bedroom : quarreling spouses in nineteenth-century Lima / Christine Hünefeldt.

Published University Park, Penn. : Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000.


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 UniM Store  306.872098525 HUNE GA01    AVAILABLE
Physical description xix, 388 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-383) and index.
Contents 1. Lima in the Nineteenth Century -- Pt. I. Couples, Barrios, and the Church. 2. At Home and in the Streets. 3. The People and the Church. 4. The Canonic Interstices: Dissent, Consent, Incompatibility. 5. Guarding Marriage from Conflicts: Couples and Beaterios -- Pt. II. Couples and Everyday Life. 6. Women and the Dangers of Premarital Sex. 7. Dowries and Marriage in Civil Court. 8. Strategies for Survival: Struggles over Assets and Earnings. 9. Redefining Female Domains. 10. The End of the Century and Backward.
Summary This book tells the story of how ordinary Peruvian men and women experienced their lives and especially their marriages in a patriarchal society and how, through the struggles involved in divorce, women tried to defend their rights and in the process helped bring about change in society more broadly.
Careful examination of more than one thousand cases of conjugal suits filed in Lima's archbishopric, as well as wills in notarial records, allowed the author to trace over time quarreling spouses' relationships, attitudes, and perceptions of gender, life cycle, race, and class and to study their evolving moral expectations and the varying pace of social change.
The history of this marital dialogue reveals the construction of a new terminology, based on liberal ideas imported from England and France, that found its way into domestic life and influenced how conflicts were perceived and resolved. Far from opening doors for women, liberalism maintained women's inferior status but also shifted the ground on which women waged battles for survival.
By the end of the nineteenth century, many women had concluded that basic patriarchal and Christian arrangements were a sham, and they sought ways to cope within a system rife with hypocrisy. This book shows how women and children, made destitute by intimate tyranny, challenged this tyranny by finding new means of defense and social support.
Subject Marital conflict -- Peru -- Lima -- History -- 19th century.
Marriage -- Peru -- Lima -- History -- 19th century.
Women -- Peru -- Lima -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
ISBN 0271019352 (cloth : alk. paper)
0271019360 (paperback: alk. paper)