The Slums are the Norms

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Joshua Singer Rosemary Lieske 2/27/2012 Anthropology 101 The Slums are the Norms Those who live in difficult circumstances have found ways to work through their unfortunate situations. This isn’t a way of living by choice but they are able to adapt to their lack or resources and education. They live in a run-down area of a city characterized by substandard housing and squalor. These people grow up and live off of next to nothing but somehow still manage to cope and normalize their trying circumstances. They are able to do so because living in the slums is all they have ever known. In the Nancy Scheper-Hughes’ article, Death Without Weeping, she talks about the shantytowns of Brazil and describing how one million children in Brazil under the age of five die each year. The children in Brazil are at such high risk of dying that now the people are prepared for the possibility of death. They do not have the conveniences that an average American takes for granted including breast-feeding, subsistence farming, and stable marriages. These
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Unformatted text preview: shantytowns have adapted to these poor circumstances and accept them as the norm. They are able to cope with their relatively terrible situation because what used to be terrible is now part of their culture. Brazilians have been able to do so because what we see as slums and shantytowns they see as their home. They have grown up living this way and have accepted that there will be surrounded by death and poverty. Although Americans may see this way of life as sad and depressing they view it in a completely different light. We have grown up in our culture and have adapted to what our society views as normal or acceptable. These rules and guidelines that we have learned in America do not correlate with the rules and guidelines of those who live in shantytowns. Just as we have Joshua Singer Rosemary Lieske 2/27/2012 Anthropology 101 been able to overcome our circumstances (regardless of the degree of difficulty) the slums of society have been able to do the same thing....
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2012 for the course ANTHRO 101 taught by Professor Crandall during the Spring '09 term at BYU.

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