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Crack, pain and family: emotions and objects circulation among crack addicts

Grant number: 15/12251-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2015
Effective date (End): June 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal Investigator:Christiano Key Tambascia
Grantee:Raiza Braz Kirk de Sanctis
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


This work intend to observe, under an ethnographic optics, the crack addicts trajectories, from the assumption that there is a dynamic process between the drug consume and social relations. For this purpose, I have started to think about the heuristic gains that the concept of relatedness, proposed by Carsten (2004), could bring to the research. Assuming that the family relations extrapolate the domestic spaces and that the crack addicts circulate in different social spheres and institutions, it is necessary to think, under this perspective, the complexity of the crack addicts and families representations about the values interwoven in the subject central notions, such as kinship, territoriality and corporeality; and also to think about institutional and communal relationsmeans, means of production, economic and emotional valuation of objects. Therefore, the referred concept usage will help me to comprehend the situations in wich the crack addicts no longer live with their families, but still have the family as an important daily moral basis. To understand this fluid moralities circulations, it has been emphasised - but not limited - the ways by wich two methodologies can provide to the research: 1-) to observe object circulations and to track through their biographies social relations connected to them and 2-) pursue the research subjects emotions, alerted to the Emotion Anthropology production. Therewith, I hope to contribute to the comprehension of daily cohabitation and relations that involve the crack addicts lives related to their socialities and affective and material ties.

Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
SANCTIS, Raiza Braz Kirk de. Crack, home and family : an ethnography about caring, (dis) affection and emotions. 2018. Master's Dissertation.

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