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Discuss what Collier’s article on marianismo in Spain and González-López’s article on fathering Latina sexualities have in common with respect to social constructions of gender, sexuality, and virgini
From Mary to Modern Woman: The Material Basis of Marianismo and Its Transformation in a Spanish Village Author(s): Jane F. Collier Source: American Ethnologist , Feb., 1986 , Vol. 13, No. 1 (Feb., 1986), pp. 100-107 Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/644588 JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact [email protected]. Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at https://about.jstor.org/terms American Anthropological Association and Wiley are collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to American Ethnologist This content downloaded from on Thu, 22 Jun 2023 22:30:41 +00:00 All use subject to https://about.jstor.org/terms from Mary to modern woman: the material basis of Marianismo and its transformation in a Spanish village JANE F. COLLIER-Stanford University In 1963-64, the married women of Los Olivos (pseudonymyf D V P D O O Y L O O D J H L Q W K H P R X Q W D L Q s of Huelva, southwestern Spain, seemed typical representatives of Mediterranean culture. When housewives gathered at the public fountain to wash clothes, they wore drab, shapeless outfits, and many wore mourning. Most were overweight. Washing clothes and attending funerals were their most public activities. In the evenings married women stayed home or visited the sick. Twenty years later, in the summer of 1984, the new generation of married women pre- sented a very different picture. Instead of wearing drab, shapeless clothes, most wore outfits that showed off their figures. And most had shapely figures. They worried about gaining weight, although some were notably more successful at dieting than others. Married women no longer stayed home every evening. Rather, they spent weekend evenings with their husbands in the local bars, where they sat around tables dressed in their most fashionable outfits, with heavy makeup and elaborate hairdos. How do we understand such a radical shift in married women’s presentation of self? The explanation offered by many ethnographers of Spanish villages-and echoed by residents of Los Olivos-is that rural Spain has “opened up” (see Aceves and Douglass 1976yf 0 D V V L Y e emigration from the countryside and the spread of television into remote villages have exposed the present generation of rural Spaniards to ideas and choices not available to their parents and grandparents. Villagers in Los Olivos, for example, say that 20 years ago their village was atra- sado (backwardyf 3 H R S O H I R O O R Z H G R X W P R G H G F X V W R P V W K H V D E H F D X V H W K H G L G Q R W N Q R w any others. But now everyone has city relatives and a television set, and many people have cars. Today’s adults have been exposed to city ways. Now everyone below the age of 60 wants to be “modern.” Married women want to dress nicely and go out with their husbands. And young adults think that former village customs, such as delaying marriage until age 30, or wear- ing heavy mourning for 10 years after the death of a parent, are tonterias (stupiditiesyf 6 X F h “backward” village customs are to be discarded. The “opening up” explanation is not wrong. But it is not very illuminating either. To begin, the village was not isolated in 1963-64. There may have been only two television sets in town, but everyone had radios. Women also had excellent knowledge of how urban fashion setters In one generation, married women in an Andalusian village appeared to have turned from emulating the Virgin Mary to emulating the modern woman of Spanish advertisements and TV. Drawing on the notion that gender conceptions are aspects of cultural systems through which people negotiate relations of inequality within complex social wholes, I suggest that a concern for female chastity gave way to a concern for personal capacities and preferences when inequalities in income and life-style among villagers no longer appeared to rest on inheritance, but on the urban, salaried jobs people obtained. [Mediterranean society, gender, political economy, honor code, ideology] 100 american ethnologist This content downloaded from on Thu, 22 Jun 2023 22:30:41 +00:00 All use subject to https://about.jstor.org/terms lived and dressed. Many girls worked as servants for wealthy families before returning to marry in the village. And glossy magazines depicting royalty and movie stars circulated among village women. Local dressmakers and hairdressers were, in fact, so successful at copying city fashions for unmarried women that I had difficulty distinguishing dressed up village maidens from stylish urban dwellers (see also Martinez-Alier 1971:208yf . Given that villagers knew a great deal about the customs and life-styles of middle- and upper- class urban dwellers in 1963-64, the “opening up” hypothesis cannot explain why married women’s presentation of self changed drastically in 20 years. Rather, what is needed is an ex- planation of why city ways became attractive to today’s adults when they had not been so for their parents. In addition, the “opening up” hypothesis does not explain the content of the “traditional” and the “modern.” Why should married women in 1963-64 have worn drab clothes, cultivated plump figures, and stayed home in the evenings? And why should today’s generation of married women wear bright clothes, try to stay thin, and join their husbands at bars on weekends? Similarly, why should young people today think it “unnatural” to delay marriage until age 30, and why should they call village mourning customs “stupidities”? In this paper, I shall suggest answers to both the content and the change questions. As to content, I will argue that cultural conceptions of gender must be interpreted as aspects of cul- tural systems through which people manipulate, interpret, rationalize, resist, and reproduce relations of inequality within complex social wholes (see Collier and Rosaldo 1981yf 7 R X Q – derstand conceptions of gender, we cannot look at what men and women are or do, but rather must ask what people want and fear, what privileges they seek to claim, rationalize, and defend. To understand gender, we must understand social inequality. And, if gender conceptions are idioms for interpreting and manipulating social inequality, then we should expect notions of femininity and masculinity to change when one organization of inequality gives way to an- other. Twenty years ago, Los Olivos seemed indistinguishable from the Andalusian village Pitt- Rivers described in his 1954 book, The People of the Sierra. Their gender system was a typical example of the Mediterranean values of “honor and shame.” A man’s honor was a function of his mother’s, sisters’, and wife’s sexual chastity. A family’s reputation depended on the sexual shame of its women and on the readiness of its men to defend, with violence if need be, its women’s purity. A cultural concern for female chastity is not unique to Mediterranean peoples. Rather, all complex agrarian societies, including India and China, have forms of the “virginity complex” (Ortner 1976yf 7 K H D V V R F L D W L R Q R I Y L U J L Q L W Z L W K D J U D U L D Q V V W H P V W K X V V X J J H V W V D I L U V W O H Y H O H [ – planation for its occurrence: in stratified societies where rights and privileges are vested in sta- tus groups, female chastity becomes a cultural concern because legitimate birth is the primary idiom people use to claim, rationalize, and defend status privileges.’ Legitimate birth is, of course, not the basis of status inequalities. Such inequalities result from unequal access to the means of production as maintained by coercive force. But individuals living within such soci- eties rarely have occasion to contemplate the wider structure of inequality. Rather, people en- gaged in everyday, practical action are concerned with asserting their own rights and privileges against the challenges of particular others. As a result, people talk and act as if inheritance were the basis of status inequalities. In a world where people claim, defend, and justify privileges on the basis of legitimate birth, illegitimacy is the idiom people use to challenge or deny others’ claims to precedence.2 To question the chastity of a man’s mother is to question his right to the status he claims as his. In such a world, women’s bodies appear as gateways to all privileges. But women’s bodies are gateways any man may enter. Women’s penetrability is their most significant feature. The status and reputation of a family thus rest on the degree to which its women are protected from pen- etration-by women’s own sense of sexual shame, by being locked away, and/or by the cour- age of family men in repelling seducers. from Mary to modern woman 101 This content downloaded from on Thu, 22 Jun 2023 22:30:41 +00:00 All use subject to https://about.jstor.org/terms While an understanding of stratified agrarian societies may provide a first-level explanation for “virginity complexes,” any particular instance of the complex must be understood within its specific historical context. Women’s chastity may be a primary idiom used by people in stratified agrarian societies for negotiating claims to unequal privileges, but it is not the only idiom. Such societies are complex. They contain many status and ethnic groups. Women’s chastity may not matter to some. And, as Mediterraneanists realize, the “values of honor and shame” are not uniform throughout the area (Peristiany 1966; Herzfeld 1980yf , Q R U G H U W R X Q – derstand how “honor and shame” are lived in any particular time and place, therefore, we need to examine the specific privileges people seek to claim, rationalize, and defend. In 1963-64, Los Olivos was a small village of less than 800 people where inheritance ap- peared to determine people’s occupations, incomes, and life-chances. Although the commu- nity appeared egalitarian (the wealthiest landowners lived outside in nearby, more significant towns, and beggars rarely stayed overnightyf W K H Y L O O D J H Z D V Q H Y H U W K H O H V V G L Y L G H G L Q W R W K U H e status groups: (1yf D V P D O O Q X P E H U R I U H V L G H Q W O D Q G R Z Q H U V Z K R K L U H G Z R U N H U V D Q G G L G Q R W G o manual labor themselves, (2yf D O D U J H U Q X P E H U R I O D Q G R Z Q H U V Z K R Z R U N H G W K H L U R Z Q O D Q G E X t did not have to work for others, and (3yf P D Q S H R S O H Z L W K O L W W O H R U Q R O D Q G Z K R Z R U N H G I R r others as day laborers. Long before 1963-64, Los Olivos was integrated into the capitalist world system. The larger landowners produced for the market, and half the villagers worked for wages. But inheritance still appeared to be the major determinant of people’s life-chances be- cause, in a labor-intensive system of mixed-crop agriculture, workers knew as much or more about the entire agricultural process as their employers.3 As a result, villagers lived in a world where the most obvious explanation for differences in occupation, income, and life-style was that some people had inherited capital (land or small industriesyf Z K L O H R W K H U V K D G Q R W . Although Los Olivos appeared to be a “traditional” Spanish village, the “tranquil” com- munity we observed in 1963-64 was, in fact, only one moment in an ongoing historical pro- cess. As Perez Diaz (1976yf Q R W H V F K D Q J H L Q 6 S D L Q K D V E H H Q F R Q W L Q X R X V , Q $ Q G D O X V L D D S U R F H V s of class polarization, begun during the last century and intensifying as the accumulation of land by entrepreneurial landlords created an increasingly large and impoverished class of landless rural laborers, was contained by various mechanisms, including naked force (see Martinez- Alier 1971yf ) R U D E U L H I S H U L R G L Q W K H H D U O V F O D V V Z D U I D U H H U X S W H G L Q / R V 2 O L Y R V $ Q D F W L Y e union of agrarian socialists wrested control of wages and working conditions from landowners (Collier n.d.yf % X W G X U L Q J W K H 6 S D Q L V K & L Y L O : D U R I D O O Y R F D O V R F L D O L V W V Z H U H N L O O H G R r exiled and Franco’s victorious troops gave control of village government to the town’s wealth- iest landowners, who thereafter ruled with the aid of a resident contingent of Civil Guards. Before the Civil War, working-class women married at a younger age than women of the propertied class, and many were pregnant at marriage. But after the war, these differences in behavior by class disappeared (Collier 1983yf 1 R W R Q O Z H U H P D Q Z R U N L Q J F O D V V Z R P H n forced to delay their marriages by the war and subsequent famine, but the town’s elites, who enjoyed uncontested control of economic resources, focused on a woman’s virtue when con- sidering her, or her family’s, requests for aid.4 It was also true that, even for working-class fam- ilies whose estate consisted of labor power rather than capital, the wealth parents accumulated determined children’s dowries and the spouses they could attract (see Price and Price 1966byf . In 1963-64, landowners’ uncontested control of village affairs ensured that all people, whether from propertied families or not, lived in a world where the resources and reputations of parents appeared to determine the status of their children. Given the apparent role of inheritance in determining people’s occupations, incomes, and life-chances, people’s actions, whatever their ostensible purpose, were always open to being interpreted as statements about a man’s courage or a woman’s sexual modesty. Whatever prac- tical reasons, for example, a couple may have had to delay marriage until the bride’s 29th or 30th year, such a delay offered visible proof of the bride’s ability to deny and control her sexual impulses. Similarly, the woman who dutifully observed 10 years of mourning after the death of 102 american ethnologist This content downloaded from on Thu, 22 Jun 2023 22:30:41 +00:00 All use subject to https://about.jstor.org/terms a parent demonstrated-by wearing heavy black wool summer and winter-her ability to mor- tify the flesh. And the married woman who never spent a perra on herself demonstrated both her capacity for self-sacrifice and her lack of interest in being sexually attractive to men. On the other side, of course, the pregnant bride, the mourning woman who laid aside her shawl while working in the sun, and the wife who bought herself a new dress were all appropriate targets of gossip. Although a woman’s sexual modesty was never without significance, maidens enjoyed a freedom apparently denied to married women.5 Marriage marked a major turning point in peo- ple’s lives. Due to the system of equal, partible inheritance, family estates were not maintained through time, but rather constituted anew each generation with the birth of children who united the separate inheritances of their parents. As a result, marriage, with its possibility for producing legitimate heirs, marked the point at which a man and woman passed from dependence on parental estates to responsibility for the future estate their children would divide. Unmarried young adults, as people without responsibilities, were expected to divertirse (enjoy them- selvesyf 0 D L G H Q V Z H U H W K X V H Q F R X U D J H G W R V H H N D P X V H P H Q W D Q G W R I R O O R Z W K H O D W H V W I D V K L R Q V – as long as they did not violate community norms of modesty. Married people, in contrast, had obligaciones (obligationsyf $ P D U U L H G Z R P D Q Z D V H [ S H F W H G W R V D F U L I L F H K H U V H O I W R E X L O G W K H H V – tate her children would inherit. Divertirse and obligaciones stood in stark contrast. For a mar- ried woman to “enjoy herself” was, by definition, to squander her children’s inheritance. By 1984, Los Olivos was a different world. Heavy outmigration has reduced the permanent population to under 300 and overturned the class structure. The migration of landless workers to city jobs left landowners with the choice of farming their own land or migrating too. The poorest and most overworked people in the village are now the landowners who stayed, while poor workers who migrated first, and so participated in the industrial boom of the 1 960s, enjoy month-long vacations in village houses they have renovated with cash from city jobs.6 The decisive break occurred in the mid-1 960s. 1963-64 was, in fact, the end of an era. Dur- ing the 1960s, ongoing developments in Spain became “so acute that the point [was] reached where the traditional framework, maintained for about a century, [lost] its fundamental char- acteristics and [disappeared]” (Perez Diaz 1976:123yf , Q / R V 2 O L Y R V W K H O D E R U L Q W H Q V L Y H D J U L – cultural system finally collapsed, due to rising wages and competition from capital-intensive agricultural enterprises elsewhere in Spain. Records beginning at the turn of the century indi- cate a steady rate of emigration from Los Olivos before 1963-64, but the people who left were either members of the wealthiest class-who were regionally, rather than locally, based any- way-or landless laborers, many of whom had, in one way or another, lost their “honor.” Given high rates of unemployment throughout Andalusia, and the general suspicion of strangers, most people who could make a living in Los Olivos stayed there. In the mid-1 960s, however, when the agricultural system collapsed, children of landed and honorable families began migrating to city jobs. The generation of people who came of age in the 1960s, whether they emigrated or remained in Los Olivos, thus entered a different world. For members of this generation and their children, inheritance no longer appears to be the major determinant of occupation, income, and life-style. Rather, people experience their oc- cupations and incomes as determined by their personal choices and abilities. Schoolteachers, nurses, postmen, policemen, and banktellers talk about how hard they studied and how well they did on national or firm exams. Bus and truck drivers talk of learning to drive and acquiring licenses. And villagers who inherited small enterprises talk of the skills they acquired and the capital improvements they made. On the other side, people blame the poor and unemployed for their failure. Everyone recognizes that Spain has a very high rate of unemployment, espe- cially among young people, but when explaining why a particular youth has been unable to find a job, people talk of his poor school record or his lack of initiative. In short, the people of Los Olivos, both its migrants and those who are still in the village, now live in a world where personal choice and ability is the primary idiom people use to claim, from Mary to modern woman 103 This content downloaded from on Thu, 22 Jun 2023 22:30:41 +00:00 All use subject to https://about.jstor.org/terms rationalize, and defend inequalities in working conditions, income, and life-style.7 Personal ability is, of course, not the basis of inequality. The distribution of income and jobs in Spain, as in most of the developed world, is organized through a market shaped by the fiscal policies of core state governments, maintained by coercive force. But, just as people living in stratified agrarian societies talk about legitimate birth, so people facing an array of possible jobs talk about personal desires and qualifications. And, just as in agrarian societies, a woman’s penetra- bility is her most important feature, so in industrial societies, a woman’s most important feature is the “womanliness” that differentiates her from, and makes her attractive to, men. In a world where people’s inward capacities and preferences appear to determine their oc- cupations, a woman’s biological capacity to bear children seems to determine her apparently primary occupation of housewife and mother.8 And, in a world where a homemaker’s life-style is largely determined by her husband’s income, a woman’s status and life-chances appear to depend on the kind of man she can attract. As a result, a woman’s physical appearance is al- ways open to being interpreted as a statement about her moral and social worth. A woman’s appearance also provides evidence for assessing the judgment and character of the man who is her husband or lover, although a man’s job tends to be the primary standard by which his worth is assessed. Whatever a woman’s appearance, therefore, it is never without significance. The woman who takes care of her body and dresses attractively, particularly as she grows older, displays her “womanliness” and testifies to the good judgment of her man. The woman of slov- enly appearance, on the other hand, suggests both inward and outward failure. Among Los Olivos natives under 60, for example, a fat, uncared-for body and drab clothes are the sign of a country hick. They proclaim a family’s status as unskilled laborers on the bottom of the social hierarchy. Today’s parents are concerned-as their own parents were-to provide their children with the resources children need for succeeding as adults. But today, education, not property, ap- pears to be the most important determinant of a child’s future income and status-at least for this population of working-, and lower-middle-class families. Many parents thus sacrifice them- selves to enroll their children in private schools, and/or to provide music lessons, English les- sons, typing lessons, and so forth. “Sacrifice,” however, has a very different meaning to modern parents. Divertirse and obligaciones are no longer cultural opposites. Because investment in a child’s education, unlike investment in family property, may or may not pay off, parents who have done all they can for children see no reason not to spend leftover money on themselves. More importantly, today’s adults are expected to spend their money and leisure time in ways that enhance their enjoyment and enrich their experience. The consumer products people buy, and the uses they make of leisure time, testify to their sense of taste and knowledge of modern ways. In this paper, I have focused on gender conceptions, arguing that notions of masculinity and femininity must be understood with reference to the idioms people use in negotiating practical social relations within complex social wholes. I suggested that the married women of Los Oli- vos in 1963-64 wore drab clothes and ran to fat because they lived within a system of inequal- ity where legitimate birth was the primary idiom people used to claim, rationalize, and defend unequal privileges. In such a system, a married woman’s drab clothes and sexual unattractive- ness testified to the legitimacy of her children and to her concern for building their future prop- erty. As of 1984, in contrast, the people of Los Olivos, both migrants and those still in the vil- lage, live within a system of inequality where a person’s capacities and desires appear to de- termine the job or spouse he or she acquires. Today, the woman who keeps her figure and dresses fashionably testifies to her own worth and to her capacity for attracting and keeping a desirable man, even as the married woman who visits a bar with her husband demonstrates, not a lack of interest in her children’s future, but rather her sophistication. Twenty years ago, the women of Los Olivos were judged according to how well they emulated the Virgin Mary. 104 american ethnologist This content downloaded from on Thu, 22 Jun 2023 22:30:41 +00:00 All use subject to https://about.jstor.org/terms Today they are judged according to how well they emulate the Modern Woman of advertise- ments and TV. Although I have used implicit models of “agrarian” and “industrial” societies to analyze the content of gender conceptions in Los Olivos, I have also argued that the gender conceptions of particular peoples can be understood only in relation to their specific historical experiences. The Modern Woman of Spanish advertisements and TV may look a great deal like her North American counterpart, but the lived experiences of Los Olivos women are not those of their North American age mates. As Southern Europeans, the modern women of Los Olivos draw on a different cultural heritage. They seem more concerned with dressing and decorating their bodies than with their bodies themselves. They also seem-to me, at least-more self-confident and less dependent on men than American women. Spanish mothers of young children, who have difficulty finding and keeping jobs, are, like their American counterparts, only one man away from destitution, but divorces among Los Olivos couples are still infrequent, and the few women whose husbands left them are not blamed for having failed to keep their men. Even the enemies of a woman whose husband left her with four small children blame the husband rather than the wife. Similarly, mothers are pitied, not blamed, when their children turn out badly. More importantly, the women of Los Olivos have lived, and are living, through a different history. Today’s adults have, in their lifetimes, experienced a radical cultural break. The women who came of age in the early 1960s grew up, courted, and perhaps married within the value system of “honor and shame” (see Price and Price 1966ayf 7 K H O L Y H G R X W W K H F X O W X U D O U H T X L U H – ment to enjoy themselves, expecting to assume later the obligaciones of marriage and parent- hood. But their lives turned out differently. As the labor-intensive agricultural system collapsed, many migrated to cities as workers and/or wives of migrating men, while those who remained in the village found that farming shifted from a way of life to a way of making a living (see Harding 1984yf 7 K H J H Q H U D W L R Q R I S H R S O H Z K R F D P H R I D J H L Q W K H H D U O V Z K R J U H Z X p within a cultural system of “honor and shame,” have thus been living their adult lives within a cultural system that emphasizes personal initiative and abilities. Not only have today’s adults lived through a cultural break, they continue to live it each day. Given that Los Olivos was never isolated from outside ideas, I expected to find evidence of a gradual shift from one cultural system to the other. I thought that people who lived through the 1960s would embrace aspects of both systems, or at least understand them both. But I was mistaken. Instead, individuals seem to live within one system, and to misunderstand the other. The cultural break appears gradual because members of both generations act in ways they hope will please the other. Elderly widows, for example, often exchange their mourning cos- tumes for dark print dresses in order to please their children, even as younger women whose parents have died will don black dresses to please elderly relatives, particularly when visiting the village. But even as young and old act to please others they care about, they seem to lack a deep understanding of why those others care. When elderly widows explain why younger women have abandoned mourning costume, they say that young women fear adverse gossip from urban dwellers who look down on those who wear black. Young women, however, never mention gossip. Instead, they talk of grief as an inward feeling. They see no reason to display personal grief publicly by wearing black. And they actively condemn the “hypocrisy” of those who continue to wear mourning long after grief could be deeply felt. I have often heard younger women explain their reasons to elderly mothers, aunts, and grandmothers, but I have never heard an older woman who advanced the “gossip” explanation either suggest she understood the younger woman or spontaneously pro- duce the “feeling” explanation herself. Similarly, young women seem to misunderstand their elders. Even those who came of age in the 1960s, and so grew up within a cultural system of “honor and shame,” seem to misunder- stand that system today. When explaining why elders adhere to traditional mourning customs, young people say elders have otra mentalidad (another mentalityyf ( O G H U V K R Z H Y H U Q H Y H U P H Q – from Mary to modern woman 105 This content downloaded from on Thu, 22 Jun 2023 22:30:41 +00:00 All use subject to https://about.jstor.org/terms tion “mentality.” They say that people must show “respect” for the dead. Following mourning customs has nothing to do with an individual’s desires, feelings, or intentions. Instead, wearing mourning testifies to a person’s or family’s reputation. Given elders’ statements, young people are not wrong when they attribute elders’ actions to their mentalidad. Elders do have a different “mentality.” But in interpreting elders’ actions as testifying to their inward desires and inten- tions (their mentalityyf L Q V W H D G R I W R W K H U H S X W D W L R Q V R I W K H L U I D P L O L H V R X Q J S H R S O H U H Y H D O K R w thoroughly they live within the cultural system of personal initiative and abilities, and how thoroughly they fail to comprehend the cultural system of honor and shame. notes Acknowledgments. George Collier’s and my 1963-64 research in Los Olivos was supported by a Ful- bright fellowship, and our research 20 years later was supported by grant HD 17351 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, titled “Late Marriage, Family Constellation, Kinship Change.” This paper, written while I was a Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, is one piece of a larger project to examine changing conceptions of the family in Los Olivos. It has benefitted from the com- ments of George Collier, Louise Lamphere, Roger Rouse, Ann Swidler and Sylvia Yanagisako. ‘ n this paper I suggest that female chastity is an idiom people use to talk about (and fight overyf V R F L D l inequality in complex agrarian societies with private property where status appears inherited-whether such societies have effective central governments or appear anarchic. Others have, of course, advanced different explanations for the “honor and shame” complex in Mediterranean societies (for example, Schneider 1971; Schneider and Schneider 1976; Pitt-Rivers 1977yf D Q G I R U Y L U J L Q L W F R P S O H [ H V H O V H – where (for example, Ortner 1976yf 7 K L V S D S H U L V W R R V K R U W K R Z H Y H U W R F R P S D U H H [ S O D Q D W L R Q V . 2Female chastity is not a single, coherent idiom with a single cause. Rather, it is a complex, multiply- determined symbol. In a world where legitimate heirs are distinguished from illegitimate non-heirs, a moth- er’s chastity guarantees her children’s right to inherit. Where only virgins are eligible to become mothers of legitimate children, a daughter’s virginity may represent her family’s hopes of upward mobility and po- litical patronage (see Ortner 1976yf 0 H Q D V P D Q D J H U V R I L Q K H U L W H G H V W D W H V Z K R V H O L I H Z R U N L V W R J X D U G V X F h estates for their children, experience the begetting of bastards on their wives as rendering their lives mean- ingless. In areas of southern Europe where daughters inherit property, the man who seduces a maiden is, in a real sense, “stealing” some of her family’s estate. In societies where the presence of a “state” or “civil society” creates “the family” as a symbolic category, women, as representatives of the “family,” may come to stand for the family’s status. Their inviolability may then represent the inviolability of the family estate, in a world where net downward mobility-caused by the fact that rich people produce more living off- spring than the poor-ensures that most people spend their lives trying to “hang on” to what they have. And so forth… 3Martinez-Alier, for example, attributes Andalusian laborers’ persisting belief in reparto (agrarian re- formyf D Q G K H Q F H W K H L U Y L H Z R I W K H H [ L V W L Q J V V W H P R I O D Q G G L V W U L E X W L R Q D V L O O H J L W L P D W H W R W K H L U E H O L H I W K D t they are technically competent to manage the estates on which they work, due to their good understanding of the productive process and the ease with which they become tenants (1971:117yf . 4Maddox (n.d.:Ch. 7yf Z U L W H V W K D W U H J L R Q D O H O L W H V E H I R U H W K H & L Y L O : D U J O R U L I L H G W K H Y L U W X H V R I Z R U N L Q J F O D V s women even as they denigrated the honor and moral capacities of working-class males. Elite authors, in the regional newspaper, represented poor women as guardians of family virtue and piety, whose natural verguenza (sense of shameyf L Q F O L Q H G W K H P W R Z D U G U D L V L Q J S D W L H Q W K X P E O H F K L O G U H Q Z K R Z R X O G X S K R O G W K e existing order instead of seeking to overthrow it out of “selfish” motives. 5Maidens, in fact, had far less freedom and power than married women. In Los Olivos, the woman who lacked obligaciones had no culturally valid reason for refusing to do what others requested. Maidens were thus always at others’ beck and call. 6Outmigration did not completely overturn the class structure of Los Olivos. The most privileged families in 1963-64 remain the most privileged today, because elites took advantage of their wealth and personal connections to educate their children for professional positions before the labor-intensive agricultural sys- tem collapsed. Landowners just below this elite stratum, however, who stayed in the community, are now among its poorest and most overworked members. 7The idiom of personal choice and ability is, of course, as complex and multiply-determined as the idiom of inheritance. Individualism, voluntarism, rationalism, and so forth are intersecting discourses whose usages and consequences vary widely according to historical circumstances. Female chastity also figures in voluntarist idioms, but with a different significance than in the idiom of inheritance. Within the idiom of personal choice and ability, a woman’s chastity testifies to her inner capacities and desires, not to her family’s reputation. So, chaste women may appear “naturally” asexual, within a set of gender conceptions that casts men as active/rational and women as passive/emotional, or as rationally withholding their sex- uality in order to trap a man into marriage. 8The casting of housework and childcare as an “occupation” is, of course, also a result of an industrial 106 american ethnologist This content downloaded from on Thu, 22 Jun 2023 22:30:41 +00:00 All use subject to https://about.jstor.org/terms system of inequality. Caring for her casa (houseyf Z D V D Q G U H P D L Q V D P D M R U S U H R F F X S D W L R Q R I / R V 2 O L Y R s women, but the meaning of casa has changed drastically. In 1963-64 the woman who cared for her casa was co-manager of the estate her children would inherit. If her husband abandoned her, she kept the estate. 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