Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil unknown Edition
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"Hauntingly beautiful. . . . [The] richly detailed qualitative analysis has thoroughly convinced this reader, at least, of her arguments linking maternal behavior and child death." ― American Anthropologist
"Simply breathtaking. Its controversial theme—that mother love as conventionally understood is a luxury for those who can reasonably expect, as poor women in Brazil cannot, that their infants will live—is, in the best sense, illuminated by deconstructionist and feminist thought. The author's understanding of these lives on the edge is at times sympathetic, passionate, and sophisticated. But what makes the book as exciting to read as a good novel is her long-term interaction with a group of people that she clearly loves and the complete lack of the sense of the "other" that is so often found in anthropological writing. This work should have as much influence on studies of the relationship of women and children as did Margaret Mead's Growing Up in Samoa (1936) on the shaping of adolescence or Oscar Lewis's The Children of Sanchez (1961) on the cultural effects of poverty. Highly recommended." ― Library Journal
"The compelling narrative investigates the everyday tactics of survival that people use to stay alive in a culture of institutionalized dependency ravaged by sickness, scarcity, feudal working conditions and death-squad "disappearances." ― Publishers Weekly
"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 Province. . . . A stimulating, consistently engrossing contribution to the scientific understanding of a complex and tragic situation." ― Kirkus Reviews
“Difficult to stop reading.” ― Horizons Magazine
About the Author
- Publisher : University of California Press; unknown edition (November 9, 1993)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 614 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0520075374
- ISBN-13 : 978-0520075375
- Item Weight : 1.9 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #746,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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TL;DR: Decent but old book, skip it in favor of more current writing.
It was a requirement for one of my college classes and was painfully difficult to get through because of the extreme poverty that the author helplessly witnessed. It's one of the few books that I have read which inspired me to do additional research.
For all of the happy-ending-story-loving people out there -- be warned! This is a very depressing read, but I would argue that feeling something from a book is better than nothing.
One wonders how this society has changed, if at all...
Top reviews from other countries
In short, this is a rich, evocative, human, empathetic and scholarly exploration of the life of women in a Brazilian shanty town. At the core of the book is the question of how mothering is effected by living under conditions of chronic scarcity and political indifference. Scheper-hughes central thesis is that 'emotional scarcity' follows from scarcity of food, of clean water, of health and of opportunites. With conditions being horrendously tough, mothering becomes infused with pragmatism. It is heart-breaking and leaves us questioning the way we have sentimentalised mother in the west (see Sarah Blaffer Hrdy's Mother Nature for an evolutioanry take on this).
However, this book is not only about mothering. It also takes us into the lives of these women in a deeply layered and holistic way so we get a glipse of the bigger context within which mothering occurs.
In particular Scheper- Huges shows us understand how these communities came into being, descrives the toxic nature of the only work available to them, and emables us to glipse the deeply embodied nature of people's lives. She also shows, how the government, instead of tackling the salient issues (like hunger, contaminated water and exploitation), has reframed the suffering of these people as an 'illness' which can be kept at bay by tranquilisers.
Highly recommended for anybody who is interested in getting an in-depth insight into the lives of others.