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The Resource Death without weeping : the violence of everyday life in Brazil, Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Death without weeping : the violence of everyday life in Brazil, Nancy Scheper-Hughes

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Death without weeping : the violence of everyday life in Brazil
Title
Death without weeping
Title remainder
the violence of everyday life in Brazil
Statement of responsibility
Nancy Scheper-Hughes
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "When lives are dominated by hunger, what becomes of love? When people are assaulted by daily acts of violence and untimely death, what happens to trust? Set in the celebrated parched lands of Northeast Brazil, Death Without Weeping is a luminously written, "womanly hearted" account of the everyday experience of scarcity, sickness, and death that centers on the lives of the women and children of a hillside favela. These are the people who inhabit the underside of the once-optimistic Brazilian Economic Miracle and who are being left behind in the shaky transition to democracy." "Bringing her readers to the impoverished slopes above the modern plantation town of Bom Jesus da Mata, where she has worked on and off for twenty-five years, Scheper-Hughes follows three generations of shanty-town 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." "Death Without Weeping is a work of breadth and passion, a nontraditional ethnography charged with political commitment and moral vigor. It spirals outward, taking the reader from the wretched huts of the shantytown into the cane fields and the sugar refinery, the mayor's office and the legal chambers, the clinics and the hospitals, the police headquarters and the public morgue, and finally, the municipal grave-yard of Bom Jesus." "Ethnography and literary sensibility merge to capture the "mundane surrealism" of life in Bom Jesus da Mata. With resonances of such anthropological classics as the writings of Oscar Lewis, Death Without Weeping is a tour de force that will be discussed and debated for many years to come."--Jacket
  • "When lives are dominated by hunger, what becomes of love? When people are assaulted by daily acts of violence and untimely death, what happens to trust? Set in the celebrated parched lands of Northeast Brazil, Death Without Weeping is a luminously written, "womanly hearted" account of the everyday experience of scarcity, sickness, and death that centers on the lives of the women and children of a hillside favela. These are the people who inhabit the underside of the once-optimistic Brazilian Economic Miracle and who are being left behind in the shaky transition to democracy." "Bringing her readers to the impoverished slopes above the modern plantation town of Bom Jesus da Mata, where she has worked on and off for twenty-five years, Scheper-Hughes follows three generations of shanty-town 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." "Death Without Weeping is a work of breadth and passion, a nontraditional ethnography charged with political commitment and moral vigor. It spirals outward, taking the reader from the wretched huts of the shantytown into the cane fields and the sugar refinery, the mayor's office and the legal chambers, the clinics and the hospitals, the police headquarters and the public morgue, and finally, the municipal grave-yard of Bom Jesus." "Ethnography and literary sensibility merge to capture the "mundane surrealism" of life in Bom Jesus da Mata. With resonances of such anthropological classics as the writings of Oscar Lewis, Death Without Weeping is a tour de force that will be discussed and debated for many years to come."--BOOK JACKET
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Scheper-Hughes, Nancy
Dewey number
303.6/0981
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV1448.B72
LC item number
N677 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Poor women
  • Mother and infant
  • Infants
  • Violence
  • Brazil, Northeast
  • Brazil, Northeast
  • Battered Women
  • Infant Mortality
  • Infant Welfare
  • Social Conditions
  • Violence
  • Brazil
  • Madre e hijo
  • Niños
  • Violencia
  • Armoede
  • Krottenwijken
  • Dagelijks leven
  • Vrouwen
  • Kinderen
  • Femmes pauvres
  • Mère et nourrisson
  • Nourrissons
  • Violence
  • Mères et enfants
  • Infanticide
  • Femmes victimes de violence
  • Violence
  • Armut
  • Tod
  • Hunger
  • Kindersterblichkeit
  • Alltag
  • Gewalt
Label
Death without weeping : the violence of everyday life in Brazil, Nancy Scheper-Hughes
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Publication
Note
"A Centennial book"--Half t.p
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 567-587) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Sugar House -- Introduction: Tropical Sadness -- Ch. 1. O Nordeste: Sweetness and Death --Ch. 2. Bom Jesus: One Hundred Years Without Water --Ch. 3. Reciprocity and Dependency: The Double Ethic of Bom Jesus -- Ch. 4. Delirio de Fome: The Madness of Hunger -- Ch. 5. Nervoso: Medicine, Sickness, and Human Needs -- Ch. 6. Everyday Violence: Bodies, Death, and Silence -- Ch. 7. Two Feet Under and a Cardboard Coffin: The Social Production of Indifference to Child Death -- Ch. 8. (M)Other Love: Culture, Scarcity, and Maternal Thinking -- Ch. 9. Our Lady of Sorrows: A Political Economy of the Emotions --Ch. 10. A Knack for Life:. The Everyday Tactics of Survival -- Ch. 11. Carnaval: The Dance Against Death -- Ch. 12. De Profundis: Out of the Depths --Epilogue: Acknowledgments and Then Some
Control code
23384843
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 614 pages
Isbn
9780520075368
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91012829
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)23384843
Label
Death without weeping : the violence of everyday life in Brazil, Nancy Scheper-Hughes
Publication
Note
"A Centennial book"--Half t.p
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 567-587) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Sugar House -- Introduction: Tropical Sadness -- Ch. 1. O Nordeste: Sweetness and Death --Ch. 2. Bom Jesus: One Hundred Years Without Water --Ch. 3. Reciprocity and Dependency: The Double Ethic of Bom Jesus -- Ch. 4. Delirio de Fome: The Madness of Hunger -- Ch. 5. Nervoso: Medicine, Sickness, and Human Needs -- Ch. 6. Everyday Violence: Bodies, Death, and Silence -- Ch. 7. Two Feet Under and a Cardboard Coffin: The Social Production of Indifference to Child Death -- Ch. 8. (M)Other Love: Culture, Scarcity, and Maternal Thinking -- Ch. 9. Our Lady of Sorrows: A Political Economy of the Emotions --Ch. 10. A Knack for Life:. The Everyday Tactics of Survival -- Ch. 11. Carnaval: The Dance Against Death -- Ch. 12. De Profundis: Out of the Depths --Epilogue: Acknowledgments and Then Some
Control code
23384843
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 614 pages
Isbn
9780520075368
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91012829
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)23384843

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