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The Latin American Family: Familism vs. Machismo

BRON B. INGOLDSBY
Journal of Comparative Family Studies
Vol. 22, No. 1 (SPRING 1991), pp. 57-62
Published by: Dr. George Kurian
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41602120
Page Count: 6
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Abstract

This article discusses two conceptualizations of the Latin American family: familism, where family needs are placed ahead of individual development; and machismo. Machismo centers around aggression and sexual exploitation and could be considered antì-family. The causes for macho behavior are explored, and an attempt to theorize about these two approaches to family life is made. Dans cet article il s'agit de deux concepts à propos de la famille latino-américaine: le familism, qui subordonne le développement de l'individu aux besoins de la famille, et le machismo, qui s'exprime par l'agression et l'exploitation sexuelle. On le considère comme contre la famille. L'auteur explore les causes du machismo, et il essaie de délaborer des théories sur ces deux façons d'aborder la vie familiale. Este artículo trata dos conceptualismos de la familia latinoamericana: el familismo en el cual las necesidades de la familia son más importantes que el desarrollo individual; y el machismo. El machismo se basa en la agresión y la explotación sexual y es antifamilia. Se exploran la causas del comportamiento macho, y se hace una teoría en cuanto a estos dos conceptos de la vida familiar.

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