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Politics of knowledge, politics of difference: an ethnography of institutional responses to the Zika Virus

Grant number: 18/06547-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2018
Effective date (End): July 14, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal Investigator:Maria Conceição da Costa
Grantee:Jonatan Jackson Sacramento
Host Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):20/11934-8 - Between tangled diagnoses and imperfect pregnancies: controversies and uncertainties in Brazil's response to the Zika virus epidemic, BE.EP.DR


The objective of the project is to analyze institutional responses to the Zika Virus and Microcephaly epidemic in Brazil from 2014. Since the first Zika cases reported by doctors in the Northeast region of Brazil, in line with the confirmation that the disease was linked to the growing number of infants born with Microcephaly, Zika (and the Microcephaly associated with it) has become a national problem that is fraught with sanitary, scientific and ethical issues. In this sense, there were numerous institutional responses from state organs, research centers, NGOs and scientific groups on the need to combat the disease, as well as the choice of the best method. Thus, by analyzing the official documents produced by state health agencies, the intellectual production on the subject and interviews with doctors, scientists and other health professionals involved with the disease, this project intends to understand the processes of production of scientific knowledge and sanitary policies on Zika and its political effects produced in society. The hypothesis to be developed is that such responses are marked by gender and by conceptions of masculinities and femininities. (AU)

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SACRAMENTO, Jonatan Jackson. Politics of knowledge, politics of difference: an ethnography of Zika virus epidemic production processes in Brazil. 2023. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas Campinas, SP.

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