I do imply nobody. You need to actually like this e book, don’t have any different mates or colleagues who prefer it, and nonetheless suppose the e book is excellent, not simply the product of your individual contrarian snottiness.
I’ve my choose: Nancy Scheper Hughes’s 1992 research Demise With out Weeping: The Violence of On a regular basis Life in Brazil.
A part of the GPT-4 abstract runs as follows:
The central premise is the obvious paradox that moms on this area appear to just accept the loss of life of their infants with out the anticipated degree of grief or weeping. Scheper-Hughes explores the sociocultural and financial elements which have led to a scenario the place such excessive toddler mortality is normative and considerably “accepted” as part of life. This acceptance is a survival mechanism in a context the place the loss of life of youngsters is so widespread resulting from elements comparable to malnutrition, dehydration, and lack of satisfactory healthcare.
It’s not that I do know individuals who reject this e book, moderately I don’t at present know anybody who would learn a 556-page work on medical anthropology/battle research in northern Brazil.
A very long time in the past, I’d have nominated Rene Girard right here, maybe Theatre of Envy. However he has since grown in recognition.
What are your picks, and why?