"Then Come The Thorns": Marriage, Divorce and Distress Among Afro-Brazilians in Rural Northeast Brazil

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Title:
"Then Come The Thorns": Marriage, Divorce and Distress Among Afro-Brazilians in Rural Northeast Brazil
Author:
Medeiros, Melanie Angel
Issue Date:
2014
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
In this dissertation, I use separation and divorce as the lens through which I examine the impact of modernization and globalization on the intimate lives and the health and well-being of low income women of African descent in rural Northeast Brazil. I argue that trends such as shifts in the gendered division of labor in a growing eco-tourism economy, and the spread of the modern notion of romantic love and companionate marriage through popular telenovelas, are directly related to dramatic increases in separation and divorce in Brazil. I further argue that social inequality affects individual perceptions and experiences of divorce, and the embodied distress low-income Afro Brazilian women endure with marital failure is also an expression of social suffering.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Distress; Divorce; Kinship; Love; Marriage; Anthropology; Brazil
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Anthropology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Nichter, Mark

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.title"Then Come The Thorns": Marriage, Divorce and Distress Among Afro-Brazilians in Rural Northeast Brazilen_US
dc.creatorMedeiros, Melanie Angelen_US
dc.contributor.authorMedeiros, Melanie Angelen_US
dc.date.issued2014en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.releaseDissertation not available (per author's request)en_US
dc.description.abstractIn this dissertation, I use separation and divorce as the lens through which I examine the impact of modernization and globalization on the intimate lives and the health and well-being of low income women of African descent in rural Northeast Brazil. I argue that trends such as shifts in the gendered division of labor in a growing eco-tourism economy, and the spread of the modern notion of romantic love and companionate marriage through popular telenovelas, are directly related to dramatic increases in separation and divorce in Brazil. I further argue that social inequality affects individual perceptions and experiences of divorce, and the embodied distress low-income Afro Brazilian women endure with marital failure is also an expression of social suffering.en_US
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen
dc.subjectDistressen_US
dc.subjectDivorceen_US
dc.subjectKinshipen_US
dc.subjectLoveen_US
dc.subjectMarriageen_US
dc.subjectAnthropologyen_US
dc.subjectBrazilen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorNichter, Marken_US
dc.contributor.committeememberNichter, Marken_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRoth-Gordon, Jenniferen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPike, Ivyen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberNichter, Mimien_US
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