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Care in social inequality: interdisciplinary approaches in confronting COVID-19 grievances in a vulnerable territory.

Grant number: 23/05292-1
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 01, 2024 - February 28, 2026
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Social Psychology
Principal Investigator:Carlos Roberto de Castro e Silva
Grantee:Carlos Roberto de Castro e Silva
Host Institution: Instituto de Saúde e Sociedade (ISS). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Baixada Santista. Santos , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers:Denise Martin Coviello ; Luciane Pinho de Almeida ; Mauro Serapioni ; NADIA VITORINO VIEIRA ; Sueli Terezinha Ferrero Martin ; Vera Schattan Ruas Pereira Coelho


The covid-19 pandemic emerges in a predominantly neoliberal global economy that is already destabilized and undergoing an intense crisis of legitimacy. To highlight the pandemic linked to the discussion of social inequalities implies exposing, in our view, the disastrous consequences of a post-colonial society, in which most people were already living precariously before the pandemic. In this context, the effects have worsened, with few choices regarding how to face covid-19. From the valorization of intersubjectivity as a theoretical-methodological strategy, associated with the ethics of care with a feminist base, it has been possible to get closer to the way of life and the concrete needs of people and communities. This perspective is enriched when we consider categories of interdisciplinary analysis, from the socio-historical and cultural psychology, highlighting the contributions from the Social Sciences and Humanities and from the area of Collective Health. The methodology referenced by the participant research will be instrumented by the survey of official documents about socio-demographic and epidemiological data of the territory; formation of a research management group; participant observation and by thematic workshops. In this sense, we have as a general objective to understand the construction of care innovations in vulnerable territory amidst the intensification of social inequalities during the Covid-19 pandemic. We aim to contribute to the strengthening of public health policies by encouraging the training/updating of community health leaders, from the perspective of continuing education and networking of health services and social movements. (AU)

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