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husband's or the wife's parents, and are subject to the authority of the head of that
household. If it is the wife's parents' house the husband visits only stealthily at
night. If it is the husband's parents' home, the wife must be submissive and ...
Raymond Smith10 makes the point that in certain sections of Guiana men have
little authority, not only over households, but also in other spheres of economic
and political life, whereas women have a clearly defined status as mothers.
It is only as a mother that a woman assumes power in her household. It is
especially in relation to the firstborn son that the Indian woman attains this status.
Adult men may wax eloquent about their mothers, using religious imagery to
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Mothercraft or Motherhood ?
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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