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"One of the darkest sides of this country": prostitution guided by Conexão Repórter

Grant number: 14/12666-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2014
Effective date (End): July 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Urban Anthropology
Principal researcher:Larissa Maués Pelúcio Silva
Grantee:Ana Luiza Martins
Home Institution: Faculdade de Arquitetura, Artes e Comunicação (FAAC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Bauru. Bauru , SP, Brazil


Abstract: This Project proposes a study of three documentaries about prostitution made by television program Conexão Repórter, aired by SBT channel. These Journalistic Productions were chosen because they are episodes of a high visibility program whose purpose is show audience news's backstage. The study will be based on social - anthropological productions about gender and sexuality, besides national production about the subject. The analyses are completed with contributions from Journalism Theories, life Framing and Agenda - setting. The studies developed by Michel Foucault on historic character of sexuality also will be useful to support the ideas presented throughout the project. It is intended to analyses narrative's construction presented about prostitution in all productions, taking as initial hypotheses that documentaries insists in stereotype's reproduction about the subject and, mainly, what is the reason for such insistence. The research seeks answers about journalist's challenges approaching prostitution issue. In addition, it is intended to analyses what are the other ways to approach a subject considered a taboo by society. Starting from the hypothesis that the studied episodes approaches prostitution based on stereotypes, which would be, then, the other ways of presenting the subject on television's documentaries? The goal is to relate the plots constructed by the reporting team with theory in order to analyses discourses about the issue.