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"Goldstein returns anthropology to what it does best while taking the reader on a no-holds-barred ride through the tragicomic world of a Rio favela. She captures the bittersweet laughter of Brazil's vast subterranean underclass of domestic servants who keep their anger and despair at bay by laughing and spitting into the face of chaos, injustice, and premature death. In this affecting and deft 'comedy of manners,' Goldstein emerges as urban anthropology's new Jane Austen."—Nancy Scheper-Hughes, author of Death without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil

"Goldstein takes us right to where anthropology should be: into the blood, sweat, tears of shantytown life. Laughter Out of Place tells the story of a Brazilian family on the edge of survival where women and children struggle, not just to stay alive, but also for joy in the face of poverty, men, and mutual betrayal."—Philippe Bourgois, author of In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

"A stunning ethnographic achievement that should become an urban anthropological classic. Goldstein brings us close to women who under extraordinary circumstances of poverty use humor to reveal the penetrating truth of their relationship to structures of power and the ironies of their raced, classed, and gendered lives. Superb and engaging ethnographic analysis is framed by sophisticated social theory and a comprehensive treatment of the literature on contemporary Brazilian society."—Judith Goode, co-editor of The New Poverty Studies: The Ethnography of Power, Politics and Impoverished People in the United States

Synopsis:

Laughter Out of Place provides an intimate portrait of everyday life among women living in the shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro in the 1990s.

Synopsis:

Donna M. Goldstein challenges much of what we think we know about the "culture of poverty." Drawing on more than a decade of experience in Brazil, Goldstein provides an intimate portrait of everyday life among the women of the favelas, or urban shantytowns. These women have created absurdist and black-humor storytelling practices in the face of trauma and tragedy. Goldstein helps us to understand that such joking and laughter is part of an emotional aesthetic that defines the sense of frustration and anomie endemic to the political and economic desperation of the shantytown.

About the Author

Donna M. Goldstein is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Hard Laughter

1. Laughter "Out of Place"

2. The Aesthetics of Domination:

Class, Culture, and the Lives of Domestic Workers

3. Color-Blind Erotic Democracies, Black Consciousness Politics,

and the Black Cinderellas of Felicidade Eterna

4. No Time for Childhood

5. State Terror, Gangs, and Everyday Violence in Rio de Janeiro

6. Partial Truths, or the Carnivalization of Desire

7. Whats So Funny about Rape?

Notes

Glossary

References

Index\

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520235977
Subtitle:
Race, Class, Violence, and Sexuality in a Rio Shantytown
Author:
Goldstein, Donna M
Author:
Goldstein, Donna M.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
Sex
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Violence
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Marginality, Social
Subject:
Slums
Subject:
Rio de Janeiro
Subject:
Latin America - General
Subject:
Minority Studies - General
Subject:
Marginality, Social -- Brazil -- Rio de Janeiro.
Subject:
Poor -- Brazil -- Rio de Janeiro.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
California Series in Public Anthropology
Series Volume:
9
Publication Date:
20031127
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 b/w photographs, 5 maps, 1 table
Pages:
378
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 21 oz

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Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General
History and Social Science » Latin America » Brazil
History and Social Science » World History » Latin America
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Donna M. Goldstein challenges much of what we think we know about the "culture of poverty." Drawing on more than a decade of experience in Brazil, Goldstein provides an intimate portrait of everyday life among the women of the favelas, or urban shantytowns. These women have created absurdist and black-humor storytelling practices in the face of trauma and tragedy. Goldstein helps us to understand that such joking and laughter is part of an emotional aesthetic that defines the sense of frustration and anomie endemic to the political and economic desperation of the shantytown.
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