Dance Lest We All Fall Down: Breaking Cycles of Poverty in Brazil and Beyond

Dance Lest We All Fall Down: Breaking Cycles of Poverty in Brazil and Beyond

by Margaret Willson
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0295990589
ISBN-13:
9780295990583
Pub. Date:
09/01/2010
Publisher:
University of Washington Press

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Overview

Dance Lest We All Fall Down: Breaking Cycles of Poverty in Brazil and Beyond

An American anthropologist takes an extended detour through Brazil that draws her into a kaleidoscopic world of street kids, capoeiristas, and drug dealers. She and an African Brazilian colleague think about breaking the cycles of poverty and violence that affect Brazil's black underclass. And thus is born Bahia Street, a free-thinking NGO that provides education, healthcare, food, and counseling for girls from the slums of Salvador.

In a narrative brimming with honesty and grace, Dance Lest We All Fall Down unfolds the story of this remarkable alliance, from Margaret Willson's arrival in Brazil in 1991 to the graduation of Bahia Street's first college-bound student in 2005. The experience of Willson and Bahia Street partner Rita Conceição, seasoned with friendship as well as crises and triumphs, models a new way of working together to tackle entrenched social problems.

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ISBN-13: 9780295990583
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,049,960
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

-John Collins , Anthropology, City University of New York

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

part 1 learning to dance

1 Seduction 1

2 The First Return 13

3 Agnaldo and Candomblé 25

4 Letting Salvador Inside 35

5 Learning to Dance 45

6 A Dangerous Embrace 53

7 Marginals 63

8 Sex and Friendship 71

9 Rain 83

10 Burnt Knives 91

11 A Stranger 101

part 2 treading water

12 Encountering Seattle 111

13 Ideas 117

14 Life Change 125

15 Letting the Outer Skin Be Social 135

16 Of Race and Remembrance 143

17 More Sides of Bahia 153

18 A View Into the Abyss 163

19 Power and Presence 177

20 Trust 185

21 Tall Poppy 199

22 A Shadowed Color of Shade 209

part 3 laughter lessons

23 Leaves of Understanding 219

24 Love 229

25 Barriers of Glass 239

26 Storms 249

27 Sharing a Lifeboat 259

28 Heartbreak 271

29 Evolution 283

30 Resting on the Wings of a Butterfly 293

Afterword 301

What People are Saying About This

Dr. Maaike Verrips

Inspiring, unique, and perfectly honest. The idea that street girls can actually escape a life of poverty and destruction through schooling and education is as old as the world. Bringing this idea from a nineteenth—century Victorian fiction setting to the real life slums of a Brazilian favela at the turn of the twenty—first century is an adventure…and at times enormously funny. Some books talk about life. Some books give you insight. And once in a blue moon you find a book like this that gives life.

Dr. Robert Boonzajer Flaes

A classic in the making. Under the guise of an easygoing and well—written travelogue, we are taken away into the unbelievable story of Bahia Street. And we come out of it bewildered and refreshed. . . . If true—to—life anthropology can be this breathtaking, who needs fiction?

John Collins

Always poignant and often productively uncomfortable, Dance Lest We All Fall Down is a highly personal, beautifully written, and theoretically sophisticated ethnography of modern connections in Brazil’s northeast that focuses on the successes as well as the shortcomings of non—governmental institutions and contemporary means of addressing social inequality.

Maria Elena Garcia

An ideal text for classroom discussions about the cultural politics of development. Dance Lest We All Fall Down illustrates both how transnational solidarity can improve livelihoods and how it is not free from the tensions and contradictions that have always accompanied outside efforts to ‘do good’ in the Global South. This book gives proponents and skeptics of NGOs plenty to think about.

Darius Mans

A very moving tale about race, gender, and class in the ‘Capital of Happiness’ in Brazil, Bahia . . . and a powerful and personal account of succeeding against the odds in breaking the cycle of poverty for young poor black girls there…Beautifully illustrates that, yes, it can be done through local empowerment and determination.

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