Prof. Scheper-Hughes discussed life and death in the interior of Northeast Brazil, 20 years after the publication of Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil. Her controversial discussion of mother love and child death is one of her most well-known — though least well-understood — theses. She will clarify her argument and explain how a veritable sexual and reproductive revolution came about in the first decade of the 21st century.
Nancy Scheper-Hughes is Chancellor’s Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, where she directs the doctoral program in Medical Anthropology, and the co-founder and director of Organs Watch, a medical human rights project on human trafficking to supply organs for transplant patients. A new, updated edition of her landmark 1993 ethnography Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil is in preparation.