Power and Everyday Life

Power and Everyday Life : Lives of Working Women in Nineteenth-century Brazil

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A study of the everyday lives of the inhabitants of Sao Paolo in the 19th century. The book concentrates on the lives of working women - black, white, Indian, mulatta, free, freed and slaves - and their struggles to survive. The author vividly describes the jobs, both legal and illegal, which women engaged in. Her research leads to some surprizing discoveries. She shows that frequently women were the main provider in families and their work was crucial to the running of several urban industries. Many aspects of city life are investigated, from conspicuous consumption to the politics of urban space.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 138 x 216mm | 487g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • notes, abbreviations, bibliography
  • 0745605915
  • 9780745605913

Table of contents

The other landmarks, Eclea Bosi; daily life and power; bakerwomen and women stall holders in the town - opposition to tax; the myth of the absent lady; ladies and working women - links in a chain of beings; women slaves and those freed from slavery, selling from trays in the streets; the national community; the magic of survival - baskets, gourds and sieves.
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