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Male homosexuality, generation and visibility

Grant number: 10/10891-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2010
Effective date (End): February 28, 2014
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Urban Anthropology
Principal researcher:Júlio Assis Simões
Grantee:Gustavo Santa Roza Saggese
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Drawing on ethnographic research involving participant observation and in-depth interviews conducted between 2011 and 2013, this study investigates the way by which middle-class, middle-aged men from São Paulo experience and perceive transformations of homosexual visibility throughout their lives and most especially over the last three decades. Analyzing their discourses, I try to build with interlocutors a dialectic that takes into account both the subjective experience of belonging to a traditionally marginalized group and the socio-historical position they occupy. Various landmarks come into play, such as the end of the military dictatorship and the political openness in Brazil, the moral panics brought on by the emergence of HIV/AIDS epidemic in the mid-1980s and the participation of some in social movements. Subjects of heated debates in the national political scene, I also explore their positions on more recent events such as the emergence of LGBT Pride Parades and the clashes involving the recognition of same-sex unions and the criminalization of homophobic discrimination in the country. At the same time, I question the label "generation" and try to understand the differences they point between themselves and the "younger". (AU)

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SAGGESE, Gustavo Santa Roza. Between losses and gains: male homosexuality, generation and social transformation in São Paulo. 2015. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas São Paulo.

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