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The Heart Is Unknown Country: Love in the Changing Economy of Northeast Brazil

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This is a study of love, specifically of men’s and women’s emotional roles vis-à-vis one another in Northeast Brazil; of how people form conjugal relationships in this region; and of the impact of rapid socioeconomic change on courtship, marriage, cohabitation, and infidelity.

Rapid urbanization and expansion of the cash economy have transformed the region in a few decades.
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Hardcover, 328 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Stanford University Press
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Sonia
Mar 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
Rebhun's work was okay. The subject matter is unique, as she analyzes changes in the structure of emotion and women's negotiation of agency but she does so under the assumed lens of political economy. However, she really does not use this lens correctly in failing to draw the link between changes in structure and changes in practice. In addition, she fails to cite any gender theory and does not draw on gender theory in her analysis of an incredibly gendered emotion. Though her analysis is very m ...more
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