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Anthropologica

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MERA MEJIA, Ángela Paola. Approaches to the mother figure through the narratives of femininity of young middle-class women emerging in Lima. Anthropologica [online]. 2019, vol.37, n.43, pp.61-83. ISSN 0254-9212.  http://dx.doi.org/10.18800/anthropologica.201902.003.

This article describes and analyzes the representations of maternal figures in femininity narratives in five cases of emerging middleclass young women in Lima, Peru. To do so, in-depth interviews were conducted between 2017 and 2018, and a snowball sampling technique was used to find people who met these criteria. The article finds that, for women of this socio-economic status, maternal representation takes a particular form in the motherdaughter generational handover. Not only are femininity models transmitted, but also class aspirations. The generation of these new femininity narratives is analyzed through the concept of heretical discourse developed by Pierre Bourdieu.

Keywords : maternity; femininity; social mobility; young women; new middle class.

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