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Laughter Out of Place Race, Class, Violence, and Sexuality in a Rio Shantytown

Laughter Out of Place Race, Class, Violence, and Sexuality in a Rio Shantytown

Author: Donna M. Goldstein
ISBN: 9780520276048
publisher: University of California Press
publisher Date: 10/10/2013
Price: 34.95
eBookPrice: 34.95
Schools: Temple University,University of South Carolina,Washington State University,Rutgers,The State University of New Jersey-Newark,Massachusetts Institute of Technology,Emory University,Tulane University,University of Rochester,University of Colorado at Boulder
Description: Donna M. Goldstein presents a hard-hitting critique of urban poverty and violence and challenges much of what we think we know about the "culture of poverty" in this compelling read. 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 in Rio de Janeiro, who cope with unbearable suffering, violence and social abandonment. The book offers a clear-eyed view of socially conditioned misery while focusing on the creative responses—absurdist and black humor—that people generate amid daily conditions of humiliation, anger, and despair. 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 among residents of the shantytown.