Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil

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University of California Press, 1993 - NON-CLASSIFIABLE. - 614 pages
When lives are dominated by hunger, what becomes of love? When assaulted by daily acts of violence and untimely death, what happens to trust? Set in the lands of Northeast Brazil, this is an account of the everyday experience of scarcity, sickness and death that centres on the lives of the women and children of a hillside "favela". Bringing her readers to the impoverished slopes above the modern plantation town of Bom Jesus de Mata, where she has worked on and off for 25 years, Nancy Scheper-Hughes follows three generations of shantytown women as they struggle to survive through hard work, cunning and triage. It is a story of class relations told at the most basic level of bodies, emotions, desires and needs. Most disturbing - and controversial - is her finding that mother love, as conventionally understood, is something of a bourgeois myth, a luxury for those who can reasonably expect, as these women cannot, that their infants will live.

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A shattering portrayal of life among the impoverished inhabitants of Alto do Cruzeiro (``Hill of the Crucifixion''), a shantytown in the city of Bom Jesus da Mata in northeastern Brazil's Pernambuco ... Read full review

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This book is very sad, but very good. Its a cultural anthropology first person ethnography. I read it when writing my undergraduate thesis and quite liked it. I would be a good read for people who ... Read full review


Sugar House
Tropical Sadness
O Nordeste Sweetness and Death
Bom Jesus One Hundred Years Without Water
Reciprocity and Dependency The Double Ethic of Bom Jesus
Delirio de Fome The Madness of Hunger
Nervoso Medicine Sickness and Human Needs
Everyday Violence Bodies Death and Silence
Our Lady of Sorrows A Political Economy of the Emotions
A Knack for Life The Everyday Tactics of Survival
Carnaval The Dance Against Death
De Profundis Out of the Depths
Acknowledgments and Then Some

Two Feet Under and a Cardboard Coffin The Social Production of Indifference to Child Death
MOther Love Culture Scarcity and Maternal Thinking

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Nancy Scheper-Hughes is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her book Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics: Mental Illness in Rural Ireland (California, 1979) received the Margaret Mead Award in 1981. She is the winner of the 2000 J. I. Stanley Prize of the School of American Research.

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