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Marriage, Class and Colour in Nineteenth Century Cuba : A Study of Racial Attitudes and Sexual Values in a Slave Society - Verena Martinez-Alier

Marriage, Class and Colour in Nineteenth Century Cuba

A Study of Racial Attitudes and Sexual Values in a Slave Society

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Published: 30th September 1974
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An analysis of marriage patterns in nineteenth-century Cuba, a society with a large black population the majority of which was held in slavery but which also included considerable numbers of freedmen. Dr Martinez-Alier uses as her main source of evidence the records in Havana of administrative and judicial proceedings of cases in which parents opposed a marriage, of cases involving elopement, and of cases of interracial marriage. Dr Martinez-Alier develops a model of the relation between sexual values and social inequality. She considers the importance of the value of virginity in supporting the hierarchy of Cuban society, based on ascription rather than achievement. As a consequence of the high evaluation of virginity, elopement was often a successful means of overcoming parental dissent to an unequal marriage. However, in cases of interracial elopement, the seduced coloured woman had little chance of redress through marriage. In this battle of the sexes and the races, the free coloured women and men played roles and acquired values which explain why matrifocality became characteristic of black free families.

Interracial Marriage:
Intermarriage and family honour
Intermarriage and politics
Intermarriage and Catholic doctrine
The white man's view
Colour as a symbol of social status
Intraracial marriage
Honour and Class:
Elopement and seduction
Conclusion: Some analytical comparisons
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ISBN: 9780521098465
ISBN-10: 0521098467
Series: Cambridge Latin American Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 30th September 1974
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.29