Death Without Weeping [electronic resource]: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil
Scheper-Hughes, Nancy Author
Berkeley : University of California Press Nov. 1993
628 p. ill 09.000 x 06.000 in.
0520075374 (Trade Paper), 9780520075375
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Berkeley : University of California Press Nov. 1993
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-12:
Brinton's book is about what its subtitle states: gender and work in postwar Japan. It is based on the study that the author, a sociologist, conducted in Japan in 1983-85 and 1987-88. Brinton draws on historical materials, survey and statistical data, and her own interviews. In the first two chapters, she compares the role of women and their work in the US economy with that of Japan's and compares human capital development in the two societies. The following three chapters are devoted to Japan. Brinton's analysis represents rather American and feminist views as chapter headings indicate: "Gendered system in employment," "Gendered work lives," and "Gendered education." The major strength of this book is the inclusion of numerous statistical data, though many of these are among data published by the Ministry of Labor and other government offices in Japan. Graduate; faculty. M. Y. Rynn; University of Scranton
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1992-04-13:
In Brazil's shantytowns, poverty has transformed the meaning of mother love. The routineness with which young children die, argues University of California anthropologist Scheper-Hughes, causes many women to affect indifference to their offspring, even to neglect those infants presumed to be doomed or ``wanting to die.'' Maternal love is delayed and attenuated, with dire consequences for infant survival, according to the author's two decades of fieldwork. Scheper-Hughes also maintains that the Catholic Church contributes to the indifference toward children's deaths by teaching fatalistic resignation and upholding its strictures against birth control and abortion. This important, shocking study resonates with the emotion of Oscar Lewis's ethnographic classics as it follows three generations of women in a plantation town. 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.'' (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 1992-04-15:
This book by an anthropology professor from Berkeley, formerly a Peace Corps volunteer in northeast Brazil, is 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.-- Nancy Padgett Lazar, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Sugar House
Introduction: Tropical Sadness
Nordeste: Sweetness and Death
Bom Jesus: One Hundred Years Without Water
Reciprocity and Dependency: The Double Ethic of Bom Jesus
Delirio de Fome: The Madness of Hunger
Nervoso: Medicine, Sickness, and Human Needs
Everyday Violence: Bodies, Death, and Silence
Two Feet Under and a Cardboard Coffin: The Social Production of Indifference to Child Death
(M)Other Love: Culture, Scarcity, and Maternal Thinking
Our Lady of Sorrows: A Political Economy of the Emotions
A Knack for Life: The Everyday Tactics of Survival
Carnaval: The Dance Against Death
De Profundis: Out of the Depths
Epilogue: Acknowledgments and Then Some Notes
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