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When lives are dominated by hunger, what becomes of love? When assaulted by daily acts of violence and untimely death, what happens to trust? Set in the lands 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". 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. It is a story of class relations told at the most basic level of bodies, emotions, desires and needs. 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.
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|A Note on Japanese Names|
|2||Women in the Japanese and U.S. Economies||24|
|3||Human Capital Development Systems||71|
|4||The Evolution of a Gendered Employment System||109|
|5||Gendered Work Lives||141|
|Appendix A. Research Design for the Three-City Study||239|
|Appendix B. Supplementary Tables||247|
Posted December 27, 1999
Death without weeping eloquently depicts the Brazilian numbness associated with death and mourning in light of socioeconomic complexities. Accordingly, Brazil's death squad phenomenon compounds an ever-increasing devolution of killing and police lawlessness in Brazil. Much praise for Death without weeping.
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