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For Tranquility and Order: Family and Community on Mexico s Northern Frontier, 1800-1850 (Hardback)

Laura M. Shelton

Edité par University of Arizona Press, United States, 2010
ISBN 10: 0816528071 / ISBN 13: 9780816528073
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Titre : For Tranquility and Order: Family and ...

Éditeur : University of Arizona Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2010

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. On Mexico s northwestern frontier, judicial conflicts unfolded against a backdrop of armed resistance and ethnic violence. In the face of Apache raids in the north and Yaqui and Mayo revolts in the south, domestic disputes involving children, wives, and servants were easily conflated with ethnic rebellion and barbarous threats. A wife s adulterous liaison, a daughter s elopement, or a nephew s enraged assault shook the very foundation of what it meant to be civilized at a time when communities saw themselves under siege. Laura Shelton has plumbed the legal archives of early Sonora to reveal the extent to which both court officials and quarreling relatives imagined connections between gender hierarchies and civilized order. As she describes how the region s nascent legal system became the institution through which spouses, parents, children, employers, and servants settled disputes over everything from custody to assault to debt, she reveals how these daily encounters between men and women in the local courts contributed to the formation of republican governance on Mexico s northwestern frontier. Through an analysis of some 700 civil and criminal trial records--along with census data, military reports, church records, and other sources--Shelton describes how courtroom encounters were conditioned by an Iberian legal legacy; brutal ethnic violence; emerging liberal ideas about trade, citizenship, and property rights; and a growing recognition that honor--buenas costumbres--was dependent more on conduct than on bloodline. For Tranquility and Order offers new insight into a legal system too often characterized as inept as it provides a unique gender analysis of family relations on the frontier. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9780816528073

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Synopsis : On Mexico's northwestern frontier, judicial conflicts unfolded against a backdrop of armed resistance and ethnic violence. In the face of Apache raids in the north and Yaqui and Mayo revolts in the south, domestic disputes involving children, wives, and servants were easily conflated with ethnic rebellion and "barbarous" threats. A wife's adulterous liaison, a daughter's elopement, or a nephew's enraged assault shook the very foundation of what it meant to be civilized at a time when communities saw themselves under siege. Laura Shelton has plumbed the legal archives of early Sonora to reveal the extent to which both court officials and quarreling relatives imagined connections between gender hierarchies and civilized order. As she describes how the region's nascent legal system became the institution through which spouses, parents, children, employers, and servants settled disputes over everything from custody to assault to debt, she reveals how these daily encounters between men and women in the local courts contributed to the formation of republican governance on Mexico's northwestern frontier. Through an analysis of some 700 civil and criminal trial records--along with census data, military reports, church records, and other sources--Shelton describes how courtroom encounters were conditioned by an Iberian legal legacy; brutal ethnic violence; emerging liberal ideas about trade, citizenship, and property rights; and a growing recognition that honor--buenas costumbres--was dependent more on conduct than on bloodline. For Tranquility and Order offers new insight into a legal system too often characterized as inept as it provides a unique gender analysis of family relations on the frontier.

Critique: "Shelton offers a persuasive argument for the centrality of family and community in the liberal state-building process in early republican Mexico. Her use of legal records--criminal suits, civil cases, and the like--allows us to understand the complex nature of the transition from colony to liberal republic."--"The Americas"

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