anthropology reading response

anthropology reading response - Antonio, apologized for her...

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In Bom Jesus de Mata, in the Northeast of Brazil, the women are not your average caretakers. Motherhood means something very different to these women then the average American woman. Mothers do not get attached to their babies unless they show strong signs of survival. In a region where the life expectancy is forty years old and one million children under the age of five die each year. Women do not allow themselves to love their children until they are sure that they will survive early childhood. One woman, Nailza, spoke of how she barely remembered most of her infants that had not survived the trials of early childhood. Nailza did let herself get close to one little girl, Joana. Nailza admitted that she was foolish to let herself love this little girl and her husband, Ze
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Unformatted text preview: Antonio, apologized for her inappropriate behavior when Nailza got upset about Joanas death. Considering the conditions in which these people live, it is logical that they do not allow themselves to feel grief for all of their losses. Poverty, hunger and disease are just some of the problems that people face every day in Brazil. The struggle for life is a daily fight for everyone, and it is much harder to raise a child when they are struggling to stay alive themselves. Most working women have to leave their infants in their homes alone while they go off to work for about a dollar a day. Life is very difficult for these women which is why their children have to be strong and have to be able to survive all that life throws at them on their own....
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This note was uploaded on 08/20/2010 for the course NA 001/003 taught by Professor Na during the Spring '10 term at GWU.

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