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María Del Socorro Castañeda-Liles

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190280390

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190280390.001.0001

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The Making of Girls in the Mexican Catholic Imagination

The Making of Girls in the Mexican Catholic Imagination

Obedience, Respect, and Responsibility

(p.106) 4 The Making of Girls in the Mexican Catholic Imagination
Our Lady of Everyday Life

María Del Socorro Castañeda-Liles

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Obedience and respect are typically defined as a positive (both at the level of feeling and as action) toward another person or entity. However, while engaging in this type of behavior may be perceived as positive, this does not necessarily mean that it is a positive experience for women. The performance of obedience and respect can also be actions exercised by a girl who, out of free will or obligation, is moved to not disrupt the status quo imposed by a given culture, society, and religion. The author argues that the Catholic culture in which the mothers socialized the participants also provides the parameters within which they learn how to be good girls in ways that reduces a girl’s agency to rubble.

Keywords:   Mexican Catholic imagination, respect, obedience, responsibility, shame, authority, Marianismo, honor, agency, robar (to steal)

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