Conference on Latin American History 40
Abstract: “Variations in Family Formation in Modern Latin America”
In response to protests surrounding the 2010 AHA/CLAH meetings in San Diego, the CLAH seconded the AHA’s organization of a mini-conference at the 2010 meetings around questions of historical variations in familial and affective relations with a mandate to organize for the 2011 Boston meetings a group of presidential panels around that question and the issue of unprotected labor and Latin American migration. This panel has been selected as a CLAH presidential panel for which we seek AHA inclusion. As the title indicates, the panel addresses variations in family formation in modern Latin American history. In the modern period the state aggressively promoted the patriarchal, heterosexual nuclear family with its corollaries of female responsibility for social reproduction and the subordination and limited citizenship for wives. This panel addresses the social practices, economic conditions, and socio-political pressures that obliged state compromise, flexibility and innovation but emphasizes how gestures toward equity and protection were often circumscribed by conservative practices.
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