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Mexican Family Roles Presentation
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Collectively, the authors' literature agree that family is of the utmost importance to the mexican and mexican-american culture.
Mexican Family Structure
The head of the household and family is the father.
The females and young are submissive to the males and elders.
Mothers tend to raise the children and assist them in for filling gender roles.
The children learn their gender roles then in time become a reflection of their parents
As the strong point of support for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, the family becomes central in decision making, relationships and development of identity.
In Mexican and Mexican American family life, males are dominant.
The father has authority over the whole family and they act on his impulses.
This is a cultural norm seen throughout Mexican society.
How Male Dominance Began
Male dominance over women and the family began after birth of the first "mestizo" children.
During the 16th century Spanish conquistadors conquered and sexually exploited the native women of Latin America impregnating them.
Their children are the first of a new mixed race.
The Spanish men made the native women and mestizo children tend to his every want. Likely because of threat of abuse.
The mestizo children began to see women as devalued and the men as exploiters.
Later as adults the mestizo men treat their wives as their fathers did and as their sons after them.
Then a generational pattern is formed and this behavior is culturally accepted.
Relationships between the members of the family are very different from each other.
The husband-wife relationship empathizes the husbands role as the authoritarian patriarch, the husband's "machismo" or attempt to exert manliness, and the wife's submission to the husband.
The father-son relationship is respectful, usually distant, and sometimes severe due to the threat the son poses to the father's male status.
The mother-son relationship is one of preparation. The mother prepares the son for dominance, independence, and a family of his own.
The father-daughter relationship is one of little conflict or trouble. There is no conflict between the two because the daughter is no threat to the father's male status.
The mother-daughter relationship is the strongest bond in the family. The two share the strongest bond because the mother sees herself in the daughter and teaches her how to care for men and a household.
The sister-sister relationships are very close, due to the sisters time spent together while learning from the mother and how close the two's family roles are to each other. These relationships tend to have a life long bond.
The brother-brother relationships tend to be close but nothing similar to the sisters'. Unlike the sister's relationship, the brothers usually don't have a strong connection with the father weakening their own relationship.
What is a "mestizo"?
Why are sister-sister relationships are usually close?
What is the relationship between mother-son like?
Who is the traditional head of Mexican and Mexican-American household?
What is "machismo"?
What is a current trend seen in Mexican-American families?
Mexican Family Roles
The article Mexican Family Roles by Fernando Penalosa explains the structure of Mexican and Mexican-American families.
A current trend seen today in Mexican-American families is the mothers acting as the head of the family.
This is a trend seen in 2nd and 3rd generation Mexican-Americans families.
This trend can be contributed to the freedoms women enjoy in America allows women to choose their own life course not that set for them by family and cultural roles.
By Christian Tatera