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When hunger is silenced : endemic hunger and the socio-cultural construction of the Almoço for the urban poor in Trairi, Brazil

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When hunger is silenced : endemic hunger and the socio-cultural construction of the Almoço for the urban poor in Trairi, Brazil

Bélair, Catherine (2006) When hunger is silenced : endemic hunger and the socio-cultural construction of the Almoço for the urban poor in Trairi, Brazil. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis is an ethnographic study of endemic hunger in the city of Trairi, in the Northeastern state of Ceara. Brazil. It explores the lunch time meal ( almoço ) as a socio-cultural construct and proposes it as a useful tool for the investigation and comprehension of the daily experiences that take place when one is hungry. The extensive descriptions and the narratives of women and men of Trairi complement one another as we come to discover two slightly different discourses of hunger that emphasize the occurrence of a paradox that plays either on the presence or on the absence of a socio-cultural problem of hunger. Several conclusions emerge from the arguments at the basis of this thesis: endemic hunger is understood as meaning malnutrition and undernutrition; the Trairiense know poverty which governs their socio-cultural eating patterns; the almoço is the principal meal of the day and is an excellent milieu from which to scrutinize the ideologies rooted within everyday eating practices; and lastly, people have developed different ways of acting and of speaking about food in such a manner that they are able to endure their condition. These findings come together and work simultaneously to silence the state of endemic hunger in Trairi: it is not a silence that relies on intimidation or on enforcement; it is a silence that is culturally shared and ingrained in social codes that, I suggest, are being reproduced in the daily performance of the almoço

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Bélair, Catherine
Pagination:viii, 213 leaves : ill., maps (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Sociology and Anthropology
Date:2006
Thesis Supervisor(s):Jourdan, Christine
ID Code:9019
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:42
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:42
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