The Possibilities of Charting Modern Life. A Symposium for by Sigurd Erixon

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Viuda (widow). Many widows do not dare to remarry on account of the children's negative reaction, and also on account of a feeling of modesty towards the grown-up children. abuela (paternal/maternal grandmother). As may be seen, life-cycles and sex-roles run rather parallel, something which is underlined by the author's deliberate adherence to the chronological order in his account. Right from the birth of the individual the sex-difference is stressed socioculturally with references to future functions and activities.

Right up to the age of 17-18 years the boys are addressed with the terms for children, muchachos or piltontle, despite the fact that the period of childhood is considered to end at the age of about 14 years. 40 ANNA-BRITTA HELLBOM Adolescencia: 17, 18-marriage The period of youth is reckoned from about 17-18 years, when the boys are called jovenes, muchachos or telpokath. The modern era shows its influence on the young people in their desire for, for example, money for sport, leisure and the possibility of visiting the towns.

The children show the father much respect, even fear, and in general behave well in his presence. It is the children's duty to help the father when he is no longer able to work, but often the father has no confidence in the sons. The father's death implies in the first place an economic loss, as he is the family's bread-winner. padrastro (stepfather). tio (paternal/maternal uncle). Paternal uncles and nephews extend mutual help to each other, but hostility may arise in matters of inherit- 46 ANNA-BRITTA HELLBOM ance when a paternal uncle demands a part of the inheritance from his brother.

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