Death Without Weeping. Has poverty ravaged mother love in the shantytowns of Brazil? by Nancy Scheper-Hughes. I have seen death without weeping to angry. Nancy Scheper-Hughes. · Rating details · ratings · 44 reviews. When lives are dominated by hunger, what becomes of love? When assaulted by daily . Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil. Nancy Scheper- Hughes. Berkley: University of California Press, p., ilustrações.

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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. This is a disturbing, controversial, and deeply moving book, based on the author’s experience, in the ‘s as a Peace Corps worker and in the ‘s as a social anthropologist, among the poor of the Pernambucan Zona da Mata. Selected pages Title Page.

Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil

All I can say is, I love nanct ethnographers are subtly or not undermining the work of analytic philosophers Two Feet Under and a Cardboard Coffin: This is a brave book, if not for its subject matter, then at the very least for its broad interpretive strokes. Deatb “little angels,” in their tiny, pathetic, cardboard coffins, are carried to the cemetery by a straggling procession of older children, who thus become accustomed to the idea of early death.

Acknowledgments and Then Some. Oct 19, Michael Andersen-Andrade rated it it was amazing. Common terms and phrases adult Alto do Cruzeiro Alto mothers Alto women Antonieta asked baby birth bloco body boss Brazil Brazilian cane Capibaribe River carnaval casa casa grande child death child mortality child sickness clinic coffin creche cultural daughter dead diarrhea disease doctors Dona Edilson engenho Freyre girl hospital household human hunger hungry husband infant Irene Jesus da Mata Joao liberation theology living Maria maternal maternal bonding Mercea milk mingau modern moradores municipal municipio Nailza nervos never newborn Nordestino Northeast older Padre patron peasants percent Pernambuco person plantation political poor powdered milk Recife Roberto da Matta rural workers saint saudades Severino shantytown slave social sometimes street suffering sugar sugarcane survival Terezinha tion town traditional UPAC usina Valdimar woman Xango Xoxa young Zezinho zona da mata.


Apr 08, Melinda rated it really liked it. Medical anthropology that reads like a schdper-hughes novel. Controversial and criticized for her work, I couldn’t put this book down.

According to Scheper-Hughes, the mothers’ sense of powerlessness to control the causes of death, and familiarity with the symptoms which may foretell it, lead them to exercise a kind of triage through which stronger babies, those that have a “knack for living,” are favored, while the weaker, those who seem to lack the will to live, are allowed to slip away with little grief.

I might wait another week to get into this one, after I read finish a couple books that are a little lighter reads. Nov 17, Rita rated it liked it.


Death without weeping: the violence of everyday life in Brazil

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Aug 10, Tim McNulty rated scheper-hubhes really liked it Shelves: Scheper-Hughes has spent years and years almost 30 I think with these villagers and represents their culture very well, although I definitely thought that she crossed a line at some point and got way to close to these people Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Maybe Paul Farmer too Services on Demand Journal. This book was illuminating and heartbreaking. I enjoyed it and found it deth be really eye opening.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The Tolstoy of her genre and field. At the same time as she documented conditions in the shantytown leading to the loss of chidren’s weepimg, she was working with a community group to rebuild a creche and participating in “consciousness raising” community meetings.

About the Book When lives are dominated by hunger, what becomes of love? As the author writes, By allowing themselves to bond only to those babies who have already demonstrated their ability to survive by doing so through early infancy, these women can increase the life chances of their strongest children.

Jun 15, Tatiana rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The Madness of Hunger Chapter 5: It is a story of class relations told at the most basic level of bodies, emotions, desires and needs.

This is a must read. This is a heart-wrenching ethnography about life in Northern Brazil. Mar 21, Karem Diaz rated it really liked it. One less mouth to feed. Nov 14, William rated it it was amazing. The Dance Against Death Chapter