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Cleansing Honor with BloodMasculinity, Violence, and Power in the Backlands of Northeast Brazil, 1845–1889$
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Martha Santos

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804774567

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804774567.001.0001

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Poor but Respectable: Community, Family, and the Gendered Negotiation of Daily Life, 1845–89

Poor but Respectable: Community, Family, and the Gendered Negotiation of Daily Life, 1845–89

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(p.85) Chapter 3 Poor but Respectable: Community, Family, and the Gendered Negotiation of Daily Life, 1845–89
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Cleansing Honor with Blood
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774567.003.0004

This chapter examines the relationship between the heightened levels of competition for scarce resources and the poor rural men's concern with maintaining honorable reputations. It argues that the sertanejos' defense of masculine honor and reputation represented a rational strategy to ensure access to material resources in a highly conflictive and competitive milieu and was not a symbol of their attachment to an anachronistic cultural legacy. This chapter also explains how domestic gender arrangements contributed to a structure of male power and privilege within smallholding families.

Keywords:   scarce resources, competition, poor rural men, honorable reputations, masculine honor, sertanejos, domestic gender arrangements, male power

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