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by Margaret Willson

An unexpected detour can change the course of our lives forever, and, for white American anthropologist Margaret Willson, a stopover in Brazil led to immersion in a kaleidoscopic world of street urchins, capoeiristas, drug dealers, and wise teachers. She and African Brazilian activist Rita Conceicao joined forces to break the cycles of poverty and violence around them by pledging local residents they would create a top-quality educational program for girls. From 1991 to the graduation of Bahia Street's first college-bound graduate in 2005, Willson and Conceicao 's adventure took them to the shantytowns of Brazil's Northeast, high-society London, and urban Seattle.In a narrative brimming with honesty and grace, Dance Lest We All Fall Down unfolds the story of this remarkable alliance, showing how friendship, when combined with courage, insight, and passion, can transform dreams of a better world into reality.Watch the book trailer:
Download Dance Lest We All Fall Down: Breaking Cycles of Poverty in Brazil and Beyond epub
ISBN: 0295990589
ISBN13: 978-0295990583
Category: Politics
Subcategory: Politics & Government
Author: Margaret Willson
Language: English
Publisher: University of Washington Press; Reprint edition (August 12, 2010)
Pages: 320 pages
ePUB size: 1770 kb
FB2 size: 1449 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 345
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Required reading for a class. Surprisingly a very fast read that is at once informative and interesting. Written more like a novel/memoir than an ethnography it keeps the reader engaged throughout. I read it in a couple of hours.
Got this for kindle cause require for my culture anthro. class, it is a GOOD read, but not always the easiest to know the concepts from the class and make sure the TEACHER knows it! If they want to put this on the class tell the teacher to plan disscussing it, because not EASY to relate to things you should know, but as you learn them, they start to connect.
good stuff
I couldn't finish this book. It was not what I thought it would be - the tone, storyline, how it is written is tedious reading for my liking.
Adventurer, activist, anthropologist and storyteller Margaret Willson's book is compelling. Her story is true, but it's as engaging as if it were fast-paced fiction, with richly-drawn characters, authentic conversations, sadness, gladness, frustration and joy. A summary: she moves to Brazil, lives in the Salvador slums, studies capoeira, and befriends Rita Conceicao, with whom she launches Bahia Street, a grassroots program that is changing the future for girls from the favelas. Willson's clear-eyed observations and intimate insights will both touch and inspire you. I loved it.
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I learned recently that some college Anthropology classes have begun using this as a textbook - if it had been my textbook during the semester during my freshman year when I was fascinated with anthropology, I can say pretty clearly that I might have majored in it. Later, when I got involved with my first nonprofit organization, I went looking for a handbook to grassroots organizing, and couldn't find one. This book serves on both levels - satisfying me academically, and as a community volunteer.

The story is real, and genuinely told -- on several levels. There's raw poverty, but no paternalism; there's expected recognition of the challenges, and unexpected moments of joy. It's led me to ask new questions whenever someone solicits funds for their nonprofit from me such as: "How many of the people you serve are on your Board of Directors?" If the answer to that is zero, I contribute elsewhere. Small NGOs aren't easy to build, manage and operate; to find one that succeeds organizationally while remaining true to the ideal of serving the community from within, is rare indeed.
Dance Lest We All Fall Down is a wonderful book. I am a retired professor who wrote a textbook about global issues, including poverty, and worked in the field of development in four developing countries, including Brazil. I was so moved by this book that I gave $1,000 to Bahia Street, the organization Margaret Willson and a Brazilian friend set up to educate girls from the slums of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, thus breaking the tragic poverty cycle they were caught in.

I consider Willson's book to be one of the best books I have ever read.
Margaret Willson writes with love and amazing honesty about the founding of Bahia Street. It's a tale filled with action, from the martial arts/dance form of capoeira to the dangerous streets of Salvador, Brazil. But it is primarily a tale of the friendship of Margaret and Rita, and what these two women have accomplished for the forgotten African-Brazilian girls in the community of Bahia. This should serve as a model for giving on every level. By the end, I was profoundly moved. Read it.