Dance Lest We All Fall Down: Breaking Cycles of Poverty in Brazil and Beyond

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September 2010



Originally published: Brentwood, TN: Cold Tree Press, 2007.


-John Collins, Anthropology, City University of New York


"Always poignant and often productively uncomfortable, Dance Lest We All Fall Down is a highly personal, beautifully written, and theoretically sophisticated ethnography of modern connections in Brazil's northeast that focuses on the successes as well as the shortcomings of non-governmental institutions and contemporary means of addressing social inequality." -John Collins, Anthropology, City University of New York "An ideal text for classroom discussions about the cultural politics of development. Dance Lest We All Fall Down illustrates both how transnational solidarity can improve livelihoods and how it is not free from the tensions and contradictions that have always accompanied outside efforts to 'do good' in the Global South. This book gives proponents and skeptics of NGOs plenty to think about." -Maria Elena Garcia, Comparative History of Ideas and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington "A very moving tale about race, gender, and class in the 'Capital of Happiness' in Brazil, Bahia...and a powerful and personal account of succeeding against the odds in breaking the cycle of poverty for young poor black girls there...Beautifully illustrates that, yes, it can be done through local empowerment and determination." -Darius Mans, President, Africare "A classic in the making. Under the guise of an easygoing and well-written travelogue, we are taken away into the unbelievable story of Bahia Street. And we come out of it bewildered and refreshed...If true-to-life anthropology can be this breathtaking, who needs fiction?" -Dr. Robert Boonzajer Flaes, Founder and Chair of the Atana Program, Amsterdam "Inspiring, unique, and perfectly honest. The idea that street girls can actually escape a life of poverty and destruction through schooling and education is as old as the world. Bringing this idea from a nineteenth-century Victorian fiction setting to the real life slums of a Brazilian favela at the turn of the twenty-first century is an adventure...and at times enormously funny. Some books talk about life. Some books give you insight. And once in a blue moon you find a book like this that gives life." -Dr. Maaike Verrips, director of De Taalstudio, Amsterdam
EAN: 9780295990583
ISBN: 0295990589
Untertitel: Empfohlen ab 22 Jahre. Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2010
Seitenanzahl: 305 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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