The book is Death Without Weeping by Nancy Scheper-Hughes- Death Without Weeping by Nancy Scheper-Hughes Book Review Analysis :
1. Impoverished women in Bom Jesus say that an ideal family has three children, yet most poor women undergo somewhere between nine and twelve pregnancies to rear four to six living children. A question that comes to our minds, as to Nancy Scheper-Hughes’s mind, is—why do these women have so many children? Why, indeed?
2. Describe the “maternal philosophy” of the women of Bom Jesus, and the reasons this philosophy has developed. Pay specific attention to the issue of infant death and mothers’ complicity in it, and don’t forget infant feeding.
3. When Scheper-Hughes first published accounts from Bom Jesus of maternal complicity in infant death, she met with great resistance. Many readers, especially convinced feminists, were outraged, and argued that Scheper-Hughes had betrayed and misrepresented the mothers of the Alto. Even these destitute women, their argument went, have a “natural maternal instinct.” What does Scheper-Hughes have to say on this issue. and what kinds of arguments does she use to bolster her position? What roles do men play in the family life of the Alto? What economic and social realities condition these roles?