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Estudios de historia moderna y contemporánea de México

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VARGAS TOLEDO, Cintya Berenice. Discourses on the Secularization of Incest in the Judicial District of Morelia, 1850-1881. Estud. hist. mod. contemp. Mex [online]. 2024, n.67, pp.227-255.  Epub Apr 05, 2024. ISSN 0185-2620.

The objective of this article is to analyze the transformations in the legal-social discourses around incest, emanating from liberal reformism and the legal transition during the second half of the 19th century, in Michoacán. We start from the fact that the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act (1859) upended the legal systems by reducing the fields in which incest was committed. From that moment on, the lawsuits began to move away from the spiritual terrain, to have only legal repercussions of a criminal nature. Through the methodology of discourse analysis and having as main sources judicial records, legislation and literature of the time, the changes that occurred in the sixties in the justice delivery system, the reduction of incest files and the generation of new discursive nodes are enunciated, all of which outlines modifications in the representations of said crime.

Keywords : legal-social discourses; crime; secularization; types of incest; Civil Marriage Act; Criminal Justice.

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