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

ISBN-10: 0520276043
ISBN-13: 9780520276048
Edition: 2nd 2013
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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  More...

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List price: $34.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/29/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

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.

Michael Pollan is a contributing writer for "The New York Times Magazine" as well as a contributing editor at "Harper's" magazine. He is the author of two prize-winning books: "Second Nature: A Gardener's Education" and "A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder." Pollan lives in Connecticut with his wife and son.

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface to the 2013 Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Hard Laughter
Laughter "Out of Place"
The Aesthetics of Domination: Class, Culture, and the Lives of Domestic Workers
Color-Blind Erotic Democracies, Black Consciousness Politics, and the Black Cinderellas of Felicidade Eterna
No Time for Childhood
State Terror, Gangs, and Everyday Violence in Rio de Janeiro
Partial Truths, or the Carnivalization of Desire
What's So Funny about Rape?
Notes
Glossary
References
Index

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