"Then Come The Thorns": Marriage, Divorce and Distress Among Afro-Brazilians in Rural Northeast Brazil
AuthorMedeiros, Melanie Angel
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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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.
Degree ProgramGraduate College