Analytical Response to Sandra Lauderdale Graham Caetana Says No is a book that is both a historical review of Brazilian society and a description of the master-slave relationship told by women who were slaves in the coffee plantations in nineteenth century Brazil. In addition, the book presents a sociological overview of the women who made up this postcolonial plantation society, as told from both a young voice and an older, experienced point of view. This paper will discuss the central argument of the book and its appropriateness to the thesis, as well as present an evaluative critique of the book and the approach of the author to the subject matter. Central Theory of Book and Appropriateness to the Thesis The central theory and argument...The end:
..... so determined to have Caetana marry at all, and how she fit into the family, particularly after his wife died. Ultimately, the book presents an interesting angle about the dynamic between masters and slaves and this dynamic could be applied to any situation around the world. It is interesting that so many societies have had similar dynamics through the history of time, but this is another way of looking at it. Lauderdale-Graham, in her thesis, seems to be looking for the positives in a negative, oppressed situation, and finding the small voice of power that women had despite their oppressed lives. References Lauderdale-Graham, S. (2002). Caetana says no: Women’s stories from a Brazilian slave society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.