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Protests, violence, and the policing of dissent in Santiago: a political ethnography

Grant number: 18/04357-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2018
Effective date (End): January 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology - Urban Sociology
Principal Investigator:Vera da Silva Telles
Grantee:Andrea Soledad Roca Vera
Supervisor: Javier Alberto Auyero
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Texas at Austin (UT), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:15/19686-5 - Street and Fire: Protests, insurgency and conflict management in Santiago, Chile., BP.DR


This project for the Research Internship Abroad Program (BEPE-FAPESP) involves a six-month period as a visiting student (from July 1 to December 31 2018) to be spent at the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), under the advisory of Dr. Javier Auyero. The proposal is related to the research I have been conducting at Brazil at the Graduated Program in Sociology at the University of São Paulo, "Street and Fire: Protests, Insurgencies, and the Government of Conflict in Santiago". The aim of my ethnographic research, in general, is to understand the relationship between the incorporation of a performative, non-lethal, and small-scale violence in the repertoires of street demonstrations in Santiago, as well as the strategies deployed by the state to define and confront this kind of contentious politics. The internship proposed by this research project will further my knowledge on political ethnography and also, be an opportunity to discuss some methodological and ethical issues raised on fieldwork conducted in Santiago between 2016-2017 with professor Javier Auyero and his colleagues at the Department of Sociology at the UT-Austin. During this period of abroad, I will participate in The Urban Ethnography Lab, an important collaborative space dedicated to bolstering qualitative and ethnographic research, and attend to the seminar "Readings in Ethnography" which will be offered by Dr. Auyero in the fall of 2018. (AU)

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