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Religion, law and secularism: a new civic repertoire in Contemporary Brazil

Grant number: 15/02497-5
Support Opportunities:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: September 01, 2015 - February 28, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Urban Anthropology
Principal Investigator:Paula Montero
Grantee:Paula Montero
Host Institution: Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (CEBRAP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Pesquisadores principais:
Ricardo Mariano
Associated researchers:Carlos Eduardo Pinto Procópio ; Jeferson Batista da Silva ; José Rodrigo Rodriguez ; Lilian Maria Pinto Sales ; Marcelo Tavares Natividade ; Ronaldo Romulo Machado de Almeida
Associated scholarship(s):21/15072-3 - Catholic activism: bioethics, reproductive rights and gender in the materials of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, BE.PQ
21/06041-7 - Ethnoecological architecture in the Catholic Amazon: religion-making from the indigenous cathedral, BP.PD
20/15069-0 - Catholic charismatic renewal of Brazil and gender ideology: the dissemination of ideas and conceptions, BP.IC
+ associated scholarships 20/16436-6 - Religion, Law and secularism, BP.TT
19/21779-2 - The Bolsonaro family and public morality, BP.DR
20/02319-8 - Materialness and legitimacy: atheist strategies for production and circulation of images, BP.DR
19/19639-8 - Human rights and religious transnational activism: an anthropological look at Católicas pelo Direito de Decidir, BP.DR
19/11202-0 - On Pluralism and Multiculturalism: a Comparative Case Study of Brazil and Canada, BP.PD
19/00324-7 - Escola sem Partido: "indoctrination" as public problem., BP.PD
18/21726-3 - The sacred televised: perspectives on the Temple of Solomon, BP.IC
18/18140-7 - Religious intolerance in the State of Minas Gerais: analysis of inquiries with the Civil Police, BP.PD
17/26831-7 - Refuge, narrow ground: on humanitarianism, visibility, memory and blood among Palestinian refugee families in Syria, BP.DR
17/14887-8 - Evangélicos on the streets: rallies, marchs and the configurations of the public sphere in Brazil, BP.PD
16/17539-8 - The concept of controversy in perspective, BE.PQ
16/18004-0 - Controversies and mobilizations involving Evangelical groups in citizenship promotion activities in Brazil (1980-2010), BP.DR
15/24779-2 - Pastoral care: a research on conjugalities, moralities and new families in inclusive evangelical churches in Brazil, BP.IC
15/26464-9 - Secularizing reclaims and iconographic regimes: the role of religious images in Brazilian secularism reconfiguration, BP.PD
15/24267-1 - Religion, law and secularism: a new civic repertoire in Contemporary Brazil, BP.IC - associated scholarships


Brazilian society, even when it comes to its secular development, has been historically constituted by Catholicism. However, since the end of the 1980s, it is possible to recognize a reconfiguration of Brazilian secularism after the Pentecostal churches expressive expansion which includes a strong influence in the Parliament, media and governmental institutions. In this project we are working with the following hypothesis: the recent competition for the civic and political space by other religions has two consequences one is the decline of the normative hegemony of the Catholic Church and the other is the juridification of the social relations - or in a more encompassing sense, the translation of the regulation of disputes between collective agents into the code of law. Among other changes, all religions had to produce public speeches in the juridical and political language recognized by constitutional democracies, such as Human Rights, tolerance and religious freedom, in order to be able to state their convictions. A main objective of this project is to research how each religion spread their repertory of salvation, universalism and differentialism into the secular semantics and in which way this can be seen as a reconfiguration of the civic matrix that guides and provides meaning to the discursive practices in the public sphere in contemporary Brazil. We propose to divide this project in three working groups: the first will investigate the relations between juridical normativity and social agents, the second the evangelicals involved in party politics and the religious and secular mobilizations in the public sphere, the third the production of civic and religious subjectivity when homoaffectivity is concerned. (AU)

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Scientific publications (7)
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PAULA MONTERO; LILIAN SALES. Laicidade e secularismo no pluralismo brasileiro contemporâneo. Novos Estudos - CEBRAP, v. 39, n. 2, p. 415-434, . (15/02497-5)
RENATA NAGAMINE; ARAMIS LUIS SILVA; LILIAN SALES. Da homofobia à democracia: coalizões em disputa no caso Maurício. Horiz. antropol., v. 29, n. 65, . (15/02497-5)
OLÍVIA ALVES BARBOSA; ARAMIS LUIS SILVA; RENATA NAGAMINE. Direitos humanos e os trabalhos da imaginação: uma etnografia da ordenação da primeira reverenda trans da América Latina. Rev. Antropol., v. 66, . (15/02497-5)
LILIAN SALES. O Ativismo Católico: Bioética, Direitos Reprodutivos e Gênero. Revista de Estudos Feministas, v. 29, n. 3, . (15/02497-5)
MONTERO, PAULA. Religious Pluralism and Its Impacts on the Configuration of Secularism in Brazil. SECULAR STUDIES, v. 2, n. 1, p. 16-pg., . (15/02497-5)
PAULA MONTERO; ARAMIS LUIS SILVA; LILIAN SALES. Fazer religião em público: encenações religiosas e influência pública. Horiz. antropol., v. 24, n. 52, p. 131-164, . (15/02497-5)
MONTERO, PAULA; NICDCIO, CAMILA SILVA; VAGGIONE, JUAN MARCO. Perceptions of Ethnic-Racial and Religious Diversity in Brazil and Argentina and Their Political-Legal Expressions. RELIGION & HUMAN RIGHTS, v. 17, n. 3, p. 26-pg., . (15/02497-5)

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