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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Nov 14, William rated it it was amazing. The “new” killers are poverty-related: Jan 28, Dana rated it really liked it Shelves: Scheper-Hughes seems to feel that the cycle which brings into the world too many children to suffer and die almost before they scbeper-hughes started to live is a cultural response to oppressive class relations, and therefore unlikely to be broken without a radical change in those relations.

BrintonNancy Scheper-Hughes No preview available – It is a story of class relations told at the most basic level of bodies, emotions, desires and needs. 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 deagh social anthropologist, among the poor of the Pernambucan Zona da Mata.

Acknowledgments and Then Some. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. When assaulted by daily acts of violence and untimely death, what happens to trust? I’d almost call it interference. Trivia About Death Without Wee Nov 18, Ryan Mahon rated it really liked it. 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, weepkng the weaker, those who seem to lack the will to live, are allowed to slip away with little grief.


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.

The author worked as a community nurse in a pueblo in the NE of Brazil and returned there to do her thesis. Return to Book Page. This book will stay with me for a long time. When assaulted by daily acts of violence and untimely death, what happens to trust? A beautifully written, honest portray of life in Brazil and constant violence due to famine, poverty and death.

Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil

I wish everyone would read the insights on motherhood. Mar 25, Zoe rated it really liked it.

No trivia or quizzes yet. As the title of the book indicates, death haunts its pages, primarily the death of children.

At the same time as she documented conditions in the shantytown leading to the loss of chidren’s lives, she was working with a community group to rebuild a creche and participating in “consciousness raising” community meetings. This is probably the saddest book I’ve ever read. Dec 22, Shul rated it liked it Shelves: 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 poorest classes.

Open Preview See a Problem? This is a heart-wrenching ethnography about life in Northern Brazil. Death Without Weeping helped me understand why the responses to death and violence by my Brazilian family and friends who live in the favela are sometimes quite different that what I would normally anticipate.

I read the first chapter of this for a class last semester, and now I have to weepng a lot more of it for another class this semester. Set in the nancj 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. One less mouth to feed. 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.


Bodies, Death, and Silence Chapter 7: 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. Dec 26, Helen Stout rated it really liked it. Scheper-Hughes is a concerned anthropologist, a participant observer with the stress on “participant”. I had nahcy stop reading it several times and cried so scheler-hughes that at one weepin I thought that I might not go on working in public health In this book, Nancy Scheper-Hughes delves into the lives of the people of Bom Jesus name changed for privacy and how they and their children are starving to death every day.

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Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil by Nancy Scheper-Hughes

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 developed countries. Out of the Depths Epilogue: For all of the happy-ending-story-loving people out there — be warned!

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Sep 27, Alice Handley added it. I might wait another week to get into this one, after I read finish a couple books that are wtihout little lighter reads.

Table of Contents Prologue: