Drew WatsonAnthropology 316June 6, 2017Essay 31.According to the author, Bom Jesus has a very high fertility rate, poverty, and most concerning a very high infant mortality rate (Scheper-Hughes 1993, 273). Because of these reasons she argues that when there is a high birth rate and high infant death rate in a society, the deaths of the infants become a normal event in poor families. It has become such a normal part of these poor, Brazilian mother’s lives that they don’t even bother to mourn the deaths of their infants. This sad and unfortunate event causes the mothers to choose which child to care for, to give it the best chance to grow up. The mothers have begun to distance themselves mentally fromtheir children that they view as vulnerable, and only care for the children that they think have thebest chance to survive. This is the main reason why poor women in this area give birth to as many children as possible. They are trying to increase their odds of raising a child to adulthood by having more children. If a mother deems a child as vulnerable or unlikely to survive, she will then try very hard to replace it by having another child. There are also a few other reasons that contribute to why women in Bom Jesus are having so many children. One reason is because they don’t have access to health care or family planning (Scheper-Hughes 1993, 281). Another is that
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