A sociological look at the Maria paradox
Master of Arts (MA)
Global and Sociocultural Studies
First Advisor's Name
Stephen M. Fjellman
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Third Advisor's Name
Betty H. Morrow
Date of Defense
The Maria Paradox: How Latinas Can Merge Old World Traditions with New World Self-Esteem (1996) argues that acculturation is difficult for Hispanic women moreso that for other women, because traditional gender-roles hinder adaptation to life in the United States. While the book looks psychologically at the ideology of marianismo, I believe a sociological analysis of this ideology is helpful. I argue that the umbrella term of Hispanic should not be used because it assumes that this group is culturally homogeneous, which is not the case. Post-industrial society has changed the status quo irrevocably in such a way that everyone is affected. To believe that Latin women in general have more trouble that other women in achieving success in the United States lacks strong evidence at this time.
De Sola Potharst, Cecilia Juana, "A sociological look at the Maria paradox" (1997). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2755.
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