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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Delirio de Fome The Madness of Hunger. What Scheper-Hughes calls the “modernization of child mortality” involves its concentration in the lower classes, while the more privileged classes have a rate similar to that of the nanyc countries. For all of the happy-ending-story-loving people out there — be warned! Besides the description of the violence in Brazil she gives very interesting insights of the strategical functions of this violence to establish control and sustain inequalities.

Good to withouy with yes, but even better to think with. It is a story of class relations told at the most basic level of bodies, emotions, desires and needs.

Two Feet Under and a Cardboard Coffin: 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. 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.

What is the psychological effect on mothers of losing over half the babies born to them within the first year of life? Scheper-Hughes has a painful message, eloquently delivered on behalf of women whose voices would otherwise not be heard. University of Deayh Press- Social Science – pages.


Open Preview See a Problem? While you may not agree with every interpretation, you have to give NSH credit for her boldness. 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.

This is probably the saddest book I’ve ever read. How to cite this article. When lives are dominated by hunger, what becomes of love? While at times what she writes and describes might seem unimaginable, the things in schepeer-hughes book will stick with you.

Read this in Medical anthropology. She is the winner of the J. These dead babies are seen as going straight to heaven, where eventually they will be reunited with scheper-huhges rest of the family. Aug 18, Calen rated it really liked it. Nov 11, Courtney Shore rated it really liked it. I read the nanct chapter of this for a class last semester, and now I have to tackle a lot more of it sscheper-hughes another class this semester.

This is a very depressing read, but I would argue that feeling something from a book is better than nothing. Actually less depressing than you would think.

Set in the lands of Northeast Brazil, scheper-highes is an account of the everyday experience of scarcity, sickness and death that centres on the lives of the women and children of schepwr-hughes hillside “favela”. Apr 08, Melinda rated it really liked it. Specifically those focused around maternal love of and relating to child and infant death due to illness and infanticide.

In her early role as health worker Scheper-Hughes became the friend of three half-sisters, young girls at the time. The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil.


Death without weeping: the violence of everyday life in Brazil

It felt like voyeurism at one point and I was not comfortable reading it. Scheper-Hughes seems to feel that the cycle which brings into the world too many children to suffer and die almost before they have started to live is a cultural response to oppressive class relations, and therefore unlikely to be broken without a radical change in those relations. One of these conclusions is that the general decrease in infant mortality in Northeast Brazil between and is not reflected in the child death rate of the wfeping classes.

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As the title of the book indicates, death haunts its pages, primarily the death of children. Medical anthropology that reads like a riveting novel.

Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil

Scheper-Hughes was a requirement for one of my Anthropology classes, and it forced me to think outside the box. Account Options Sign in. Nov 14, William rated it it was amazing.

It goes very deep into the reasons behind the daily actions of the people living in Bom Jesus and the ways they handle the trauma of death that surrounds them constantly. It is, however, a very thick book lol. Lists with This Book.