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Politics of the Streets: Contentious Politics in São Paulo from Dilma to Temer

Grant number: 17/26928-0
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: June 01, 2018 - August 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology
Principal Investigator:Angela Maria Alonso
Grantee:Angela Maria Alonso
Host Institution: Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (CEBRAP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers: Catalina González Zambrano ; Charles Kirschbaum ; Ellen Elsie Silva Nascimento ; Nicole Julie Fobe ; Rafaela Nunes Pannain ; Veronica Tavares de Freitas

Abstract

This research project aims to analyze focuses on three national protest cycles, triggered from the first Dilma government and which ran from June 2013 to the impeachment of the president in August 2016. The phenomenon is approached from two angles. A longitudinal analysis will investigate the hypothesis that groups of activists have taken up strategies and symbols of national repertoires of confrontation - both rhetoric and action strategies - of the recent Brazilian protest tradition (Diretas-Já and the Collor Impeachment movement). The analysis aims to investigate: a) the structure of conflict and its actors, considering the intrainstitutional dimensions (relation between allies within the governing coalition, relationship between government and parties and executive, legislative and judicial) and conflicts between the State (government and repressive forces) and mobilizations organized by challenging movements; b) the Brazilian appropriation of recent foreign contentious repertoires, in particular the autonomists performances disseminated from Seattle in 1999. Therefore, the research is inserted in the debates of the contemporary political sociology around a) state-social movements relation; b) connection between cycles of protest and circulation of repertoires of confrontation and the capacity of innovation of the agents in the course of political confrontations.It should be noted that this project continues previous FAPESP Research Award, "Political Performances and Circulation of Repertoires in Contemporary Protest Cycles in Brazil", in which the appropriation of confrontation repertoires in the construction of political performances in June 2013 was investigated. It is said that the autonomist performances had an initial role, but they lost ground during the cycle itself. In this new project, it is a question of focusing on the performances of groups guided by the other repertoires, especially what we call "patriot" - liberal and conservative in politics and customs - that spread in the 2015 and 2016 cycles.The project also has connections with Fapesp Research Aid (2015 / 07886-0) "Repressive State Control of Protests and Judicial Confrontation in Brazil", developed at Cebrap and coordinated by Débora Alves Maciel and Marta Machado. (AU)

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