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Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil

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Death Without Weeping


From Amazon: 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…


This well-known ethnography is a study of life in a poor area of Brazil. The focus is on sickness and death, especially of children, and how the mothers handle these situations.