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By Elizabeth Abbott

What does the "tradition of marriage" particularly appear like? In A heritage of Marriage, Elizabeth Abbott paints a regularly remarkable photograph of this such a lot public, but such a lot intimate, establishment. Ritual of romance, or social legal responsibility? everlasting bliss, or cult of domesticity? Abbott unearths a posh culture that comes with same-sex unions, prepared marriages, dowries, self-marriages, and baby brides. Marriage--in all its loving, unloving, decadent, and impoverished manifestations--is published the following via Abbott's infectious interest.

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Although my study differs substantially from that of McDonough, notably in its conception of class, it shares a concern with the structure of power. Both of us look for major cleavages and conflicts within the power structure, kinship and family ties, interclass marriage, and class alliances. We also focus on the sociometry of rulers or elites — the depiction of the axes of power around which powerful persons revolve. Further, McDonough is concerned with the form and substance of political beliefs, 59 See, for example, David R.

Padgett, "Power and Decision-Making in a Mexican Border City," American Journal of Sociology 65 (January i960): 400-406; and Delbert C. Miller, International Community Power Structure: Comparative Studies in Four World Cities (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1970). One of the earliest comparative studies was Andrew H. Whiteford, Two Cities of Latin America: A Comparative Description of Social Classes (New York: Doubleday, 1964); based on research in 1949, 1952, and 1958, this study focuses on Queretero, Mexico, and Popayan, Colombia.

These proposals were incorporated into SUDENE. In its early years, SUDENE was backed by the "reformist" governors of the Northeast, who served on its board of directors and also had the support of social-minded Catholic bishops in the Northeast and of congressmen from Rio and Sao Paulo. An assessment of the program in 1962 was optimistic: On the one hand, an upsurge in public investment and private industrial activity was definitely under way. On the other, the region's traditional elites were subjected to a wide range of pressures, from revolutionary threats and direct local actions to gentle, face-saving persuasion and advice.

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