Child mortality and mother love

 

Respond to the following questons:

  • What did Scheper-Hughes notice about mothers’ reactions during the baby die-off of 1965 in Bom Jesus, Brazil?
  • How do poor Brazilian mothers react to their infants’ illnesses and death?  How do other institutions such as the church, clinic, and civil authorities respond?  Give examples.
  • How does Scheper-Hughes explain the apparent indifference of mothers to their death of their infants?
  • What does the indifference of mothers to the deaths of their children say about basic human nature, especially the mother-child bond?

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