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The processes of differences construction among Japanese descendants tattooers in Brazil

Grant number: 15/16741-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2016
Effective date (End): February 28, 2018
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Urban Anthropology
Principal researcher:Igor José de Renó Machado
Grantee:Paula Sayuri Yanagiwara
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


This research project aims to study the ways Japanese descendants tattooers, in their professional practice, face processes of differences construction and the ways these processes relate to questions such as ethnicities, ethnic identities, race, phenotype, stereotypes, which are formulated about their image as Japanese descendants. It aims to comprehend the ways, in the plural, Japanese descendants tattoers in Brazil look to the process of tattoing and being tattoed, how they understand this process, and to inquire, specifically, if the tattoo produced by these tattooers is perspassed by these analytical categories and how these constructions of coletive imaginarium over Japanese people and their descendants act on the process of differences construction. The goals are to see the blanks and limits of approaches that deal with identity when thinking about the practice of tattooing by Japanese descendants tattooers, to understand the perceptions of these tattooers about their own practice and about the categories of difference.

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