Brazil's Economy in the 1980's

546 Words Feb 20th, 2018 2 Pages
Due to global financialization, Brazil’s local community experienced poverty as the economic expansion changed their standard of living. During the 1950s, there was implementation of giant, mechanized sugar plants. This caused farmers to leave their lands for the production of sugar plants. Since most of the land was used for sugar plants, malnutrition occurred since there were more sugar cane produces than crops such as beans etc. This caused malnutrition, as it was harder for individuals to receive a proper balanced diet. Furthermore, in order for families to survive, many former farmers worked as laborers. There was discrimination towards sexism regarding wages. Men were paid $10 per week and women who worked were paid $5 per week. This created a financial situation for families because to feed a family of four, the household needed an income of $40 per week to meet basic food necessities. Since some families were unable to make $40 per week, the men then moved to cities to make more money for survival. Although there were local harms, the GDP in Brazil increased from $648 in 1971 to $4508 in 1993, raising the nation to a ‘developed status’. The anthropologist, Nancy Scheper-Hughes studied the subsistence families who were affected by the implementation of the plants. She closely examined a northeastern community called Bom Jesus. She conducted the research by approaching women (male lived outside the community…