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Urban mermaids: space, gender and city on the female prostitution of São Paulo

Grant number: 19/12873-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2019
Effective date (End): August 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Urban Anthropology
Principal Investigator:Silvana de Souza Nascimento
Grantee:Júlio César Ferreira de Oliveira
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This project of research intends to describe and analyze the relations between gender and space on the female prostitution of São Paulo. Therefore, ethnographic work will be realized on the streets and closed spaces of the city, in the search to apprehend, through the participant-observation, the productions of gender that define these territories. Another issue for consideration is how these metropolitan spaces of São Paulo are founded on gendered relations, in the occupations of public spaces by female sex workers or in their allocation in closed spaces with a male domain. The research intends to continue the investigations made on the project "Trans-cities: marginal mobilities on Butantã", coordinated by the teacher Silvana Nascimento (Programa Unificado de Bolsas - University of São Paulo).