Power and Everyday Life

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

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This is a study of the everyday lives of the inhabitants of Sao Paolo in the 19th century. Full of detail, the book concentrates on the lives of working women - black, white, Indian, mulatta, free, freed and slaves - and their struggles to survive. Drawing on official statistics and on the accounts of travellers and judicial records, the author paints a picture of the jobs, both legal and illegal, which were done by women. 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

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 436g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 20 tables, 17 photographs, bibliography, index
  • 0745615899
  • 9780745615899

Table of contents

The other witnesses - Eclea Bosi; daily life and power; bakerwomen and women stall holders - survival and resistance; the myth of the absent lady; ladies and rent women slaves; slaves and freed women vendors; the local community; the magic of survival.
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