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Nuptiality in Latin America

“Because changes in marriage patterns take place within the

process of family formation, a major difficulty in assessing the

future direction of marriage patterns in Latin America and the

Caribbean is the slight knowledge of the dynamics of family

formation

in

these

regions.

The

origin

of

social

acceptance

of

consensual and visiting unions and the undetermined conditions

which have maintained such norms from the colonial era to the

present have not been often addressed.

...

” (United Nations 1990,

p.157)

American so

ciety, it

is fruitful

to conside

Latin Ameri

ca. Latin

America sha

res some f

an indigeno

us populat

ion that was

overtaken

colonizatio

n over hun

dreds of yea

rs; parts

economy whi

le other p

arts had lar

ge urban l

overcome, b

ut histori

cal circumst

ances left

ethnicities

and socio

economic gro

ups; and i

however, La

tin Americ

a differs si

gnificantl

is that Nor

th America

was coloniz

ed primari

whereas Lat

in America

was coloniz

ed primari

an Iberian

Peninsula

influenced b

y an inter

INTRODUCTION

1

Even a

s we strug

gle to under

stand the

role of marriage in contemporary

r union formation to our south in

eatures with North America: It had

by a European one; it experienced

depended on a slave and plantation

ly by the French and English

abor forces; colonial status was

ly by the Spanish and Portuguese of

a legacy of a mixture of races,

section of Moorish and Catholic

importantly

One

difference

to

t

is

changing.

As

y

from

the

north.

ideologies;

colonizer

s left diffe

rent cultu

ral

legacies.

Perhaps

related

this is tha

t one of L

atin America

’s charact

eristics, despite the region’s

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