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Ontogenesis and childbirth among Mehinako women

Grant number: 18/12599-8
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): September 05, 2018
Effective date (End): February 04, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Indigenous Ethnology
Principal researcher:Antonio Roberto Guerreiro Júnior
Grantee:Aline de Paula Regitano
Supervisor abroad: Christina Toren
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of St Andrews, Scotland  
Associated to the scholarship:17/12972-8 - Conceiving, gestating, giving birth and nurturing: body and sociality among Alto-Xingu women, BP.MS


This project aims to systematize and analyze fieldwork data gathered during a master research about the ideas and practices on conception, gestation, childbirth and after-birth among Mehinako women, to benefit for an exchange in an excellent center of research which is St. Andrews University, under the supervision of Professor Christina Toren. It intends to explore interviews, observations and informal conversations collected, in dialogue with Christina Toren work about ontogenesis seeking to understand how Mehinako women experience these processes and how the child is made. Considering the cognitive development of the child as a microhistorical process, it aspires to analyses the scenario of interference zones of practices in which indigenous women are inscribed while making their babies and its implications. And finally, it expects to explore children's drawings gathered in field and the conversations with the children about their drawings, considering Toren's methodological approach, to explore children perspectives about reproductive processes and the mother and child bond.

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