White Slavery and Mothers Alive and Dead: The Troubled Meeting of Sex, Gender, Public Health, and Progress in Latin America

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U of Nebraska Press, 2000 - Social Science - 216 pages
White Slavery and Mothers Alive and Dead brings together a diverse set of essays exploring topics ranging from public health and child welfare to criminality and industrialization. What the essays have in common is their gendered connection to work, family, and the rise of increasingly interventionist nation-states in Latin America, and particularly in Argentina.

Donna J. Guy first looks at Latin American women from a general and international perspective. She explores which paradigms are most useful in studying gender history in Latin America. She also addresses the evolution of the Pan-American Child Congresses as well as the politics of Pan-American cooperation in relation to child welfare issues. Later essays focus on Argentina in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Guy looks at how women were affected by systems of forced labor, and she illuminates changes in the concept of patria potestad, or the right of male heads of households to control family members' labor. Other essays address such issues as public health, white slavery, and public notions of motherhood in Argentina.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Future Directions in Latin American Gender History
8
Medical Imperialism Gone Awry The Campaign against Legalized Prostitution in Latin America
17
The PanAmerican Child Congresses 1916 to 1942
33
The Politics of PanAmerican Cooperation Maternalist Feminism and the Child Rights Movement 19131960
54
White Slavery Citizenship and Nationality in Argentina
72
Women Peonage and Industrialization Argentina 18101914
86
LowerClass Families Women and the Law in NineteenthCentury Argentina
108
Emilio and Gabriela Coni
142
White Slavery Public Health and the Socialist Position on Legalized Prostitution in Argentina 19131936
155
Parents before the Tribunals The Legal Construction of Patriarchy in Argentina
173
Mothers Alive and Dead Multiple Concepts of Mothering in Buenos Aires
191
Bibliographic Essay
207
Source Acknowledgments
211
Index
213
Copyright

Public Health Gender and Private Morality Paid Labor and the Formation of the Body Politic in Buenos Aires
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About the author (2000)

Donna J. Guy is a professor of history at the University of Arizona and the author of Sex and Danger in Buenos Aires: Prostitution, Family, and Nation in Argentina (Nebraska 1991).

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