Body Parts on Planet Slum: Women and Telenovelas in Brazil (Key Issues in Modern Sociology)

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Based on a year’s research from within a Brazilian slum, this study follows a series of unemployed women who watch up to six hours of telenovelas a day, often in the midst of arduous physical labour in the home. The women suffer in relation to their bodies, but simultaneously invest in a masochistic glorification of suffering that links their lives to the soap operas, revealing disturbing valuations of the female body that traverse reality and fiction. Through its exploration of this daily integration of real suffering and fictional glamour and wealth, ‘Body Parts on Planet Slum’ reveals how fantasy and social exclusion can together induce a form of psychological survivalism, enabling these women to reconfigure the central features of their existence – their suffering, pleasure, sexuality and embodiment.

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A fascinating look into how women use soap operas to reconfigure suffering, pleasure, sexuality and embodiment.

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Lisa Beljuli Brown is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She gained her PhD in social and political sciences from the University of Cambridge.

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Book Description Anthem Press, United Kingdom, 2011. Hardback. Condition: New. First Edition, First ed.. Language: English . Brand New Book. There is growing interest in urbanization as currently a third of the world s urban population live in slums, and by 2030 there may be two billion slum dwellers across the globe (Davies 2004, 17). During economic crises, slum dwellers are involved in increasing feats of self-exploitation. The literature on slums and informal settlements tends to focus on economic survival strategies, particularly those of men. But how do women, as the most marginalized and excluded slum-dwellers, survive in the face of poverty and gender oppression? What are the emotional rather than material costs of poverty? This book conveys the rich fabric of life in the slum. Body Parts on Planet Slum discusses the importance of Christianity and telenovelas, and explores what it is about women s lives in particular that makes these stories so central. Yet it is also increasingly clear that for the poorest women, church attendance has become a rare luxury - whereas telenovelas are piped into their homes on a daily basis. The unemployed women watch up to six hours of telenovelas a day in the midst of arduous physical labour in the home. The women suffer in relation to their bodies, but invest in a masochistic glorification of suffering. It is this glorification of suffering that links the women s lives to the telenovelas in crucial ways. It reveals disturbing valuations of women s bodies that traverse reality and fiction, and connect to a central feminist question, What is a woman?. Seller Inventory # AAR9780857287977

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