Laughter Out of Place: Race, Class, Violence, and Sexuality in a Rio Shantytown
Donna M. Goldstein challenges much of what we think we know about the "culture of poverty." 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. These women have created absurdist and black-humor storytelling practices in the face of trauma and tragedy. Goldstei...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published November 27th 2003 by University of California Press
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Three and a half stars for what I consider to be the best piece of ethnographic writing I've read so far. There were several aspects of this book that I think set it apart from the other ethnographic works I've read to date. For one thing, Goldstein presented the clearest articulation of the value of ethnography, something I've been grappling with for a few months now. I understand intellectually the value that ethnography can bring, by giving a finer-grained texture to our understanding of issu...more
Amazing ethnography. Goldstein smoothly blends her role as researcher, anthropologist, and friend in this book. This book is extremely relevant to anthropology and sociology scholars, but no matter your background, this is an insightful and moving read.