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Conceiving, gestating, giving birth and nurturing: body and sociality among Alto-Xingu women

Grant number: 17/12972-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2017
Effective date (End): July 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Indigenous Ethnology
Principal researcher:Antonio Roberto Guerreiro Júnior
Grantee:Aline de Paula Regitano
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/26676-0 - Transforming amerindian regional systems: the Upper Xingu case, AP.JP
Associated scholarship(s):18/12599-8 - Ontogenesis and childbirth among Mehinako women, BE.EP.MS


The objective of this research is to perform an ethnography of gestation, delivery and postpartum in Alto-Xingu, based on the relationships of women with their bodies and the bodies of their children. Focusing on two main empirical questions: a) ideas and practices related to gestation, childbirth and infant care; And b) the interference zones between the indigenous and biomedical understandings and practices about the processes of birth, that have been focus by part of the political action of Alto-Xingu women regarding to women health. It intends to provide subsidies to reflect critically on the health of indigenous women, as well as contributing to the gender debate in Amazônia.