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The primitive world was able to achieve a harmony unstable at times between the needs of the individual and the requirements of community The problem of order responsibility and integrity were solved with the problem of bread -Thomas Belmonte The Broken Fountain Belmontes book on urban Naples is a prime example of a society struggling to defeat the problem of bread Bread being used here as a metaphor for the necessities of life A society requires its members to maintain order resposibility and integrity to achieve a harmonious social life Belmonte found that the people of urban Naples could not maintain order due to the ever lasting struggle for bread But does a lack of bread affect the behavior of the members of its society Going by the information in Belmontes ethnography one could argue that a lack of bread can drive a society of people to a life of immorality and disoranization The people of the urban Naples struggled for work and food There was no work inside their section of town so the people had to travel across water to find work Even if they were to find a quick job it would still not be enough to properly support a family One of the people Belmonte studied has to resort to garbage picking for any used parts he could sell or restore for money But still that was not enough Habitually the people of urban Naples would turn to theift and other immoral acts just to get by The people were completely dishonest with eachother that one could never be held accountable for any piece of truth They would rob cheat and even kill just for bread The homes in urban Naples were filled will domestic voilence It was normal for a man to abuse his wife for he was usually the main supporter of the family There was no divorce there because they just could not
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