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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Trivia About Death Without Wee 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.

It just speaks to how difficult it was to read this book. Dec 22, Shul rated it liked it Shelves: When lives are dominated by hunger, what becomes of love? Good to argue with yes, but even better to think with.

Her many publications include two award-winning books nancg by California, “Death Without Weeping”and “Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics” When lives are dominated by hunger, what becomes of love? I read it when writing my undergraduate thesis and quite liked it.

Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil

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 My Anthropology class used this as one of my reading topics this semester. It is a story of class relations told at the most basic level of bodies, emotions, desires and needs. A thorough and heart-wrenching examination of how endemic poverty and the church and state’s indifference to it can challenge the notions of everything we understand about family, love, and survival.

The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil. A beautifully written, honest portray of life in Brazil and constant violence due to famine, poverty and death. University of California Press- Social Science – pages.


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

Mar 21, Karem Diaz rated it really liked it. May 23, Rock Angel marked it as to-read Shelves: Maybe Paul Farmer too May 14, Feyza rated it really liked it Recommends it for: 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 a social anthropologist, among the poor of the Pernambucan Zona da Mata. This was an amazing read. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Specifically those focused around maternal love of and relating to child and infant death due to illness and infanticide. 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.

Nov weeeping, William rated it it was amazing. Nov 18, Ryan Mahon rated it really liked it. It’s one of the few books that I have read which inspired me to do additional research.

Death Without Weeping by Nancy Scheper-Hughes – Paperback – University of California Press

Nancy Scheper-Hughes get a lot of important work done and she write so well too! Her theory has applications in other contexts of marginalisation such as the police management of drug issues and reinforment of penal systems in the european liberal democracies. Dec 28, Sara rated it really liked it. Everyday Violence Bodies Death and Silence. Whether or not you believe her Controversial and criticized for her work, I couldn’t put this book down.

David Anderson You might consider using the essay that preceded the book, available online on the net at http: Has anyone come across a good reading guide for this ethnography? But Arthur Kleinman still takes the cake as the coolest of medical anthropology scholar.

Aug 21, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: These dead babies are seen as going straight to heaven, where eventually they will be reunited with the rest of the family. Services on Demand Journal. The form that mother love takes in the shantytown might be considered “adaptive,” in that, by favoring the strongest, it may allow the greatest number to survive under the dismal conditions prevailing. Scheper-Hughes presents a controversial analysis of mothers’ apparent indifference to the death of their babies as not a suppression of grief, but a strategy for survival.


It is a story of class relations told at the most basic level of bodies, emotions, desires and needs. This is probably the saddest book I’ve ever read. A Knack for Life: Its a cultural anthropology first person ethnography. This is a brave book, if not for its subject matter, then at the very least for its broad interpretive strokes. Medical anthropology that reads like a riveting novel.

Two Feet Under and a Cardboard Coffin: Around 87 per cent of child deaths occurred in the poorest districts of Bom Jesus. Carnaval The Dance Against Death. Bringing her readers to the impoverished When lives are dominated by hunger, what becomes of love? All I can say is, I love that ethnographers are subtly or not undermining the work of analytic philosophers 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, while the weaker, those who seem to lack the will to live, are allowed to slip away with little grief.

The “old” childhood killers: University of California Pr Amazon. The Dance Against Death Chapter Nov 11, Courtney Shore rated it really liked it.