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Therapeutic itineraries of Bolivian women in the central region of São Paulo: conditions of life, work and access to health

Grant number: 19/13439-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2019
Effective date (End): January 08, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal Investigator:Renata Mirandola Bichir
Grantee:Eugenia Brage
Host Institution: Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (CEBRAP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/07616-7 - CEM - Center for Metropolitan Studies, AP.CEPID
Associated scholarship(s):21/09697-0 - Sustainability of life in transnational contexts: a comparative anthropological analysis of the living conditions, work and health of Bolivian women in São Paulo and Buenos Aires during the COVID-19 pandemic, BE.EP.PD


The present project is inserted in Research Line 1: "The role of subnational regulation in mediating the implementation of national policies", more specifically, is aligned with the objectives of Subproject 4: "Health policy: comparing experiences in the State of Sao Paulo". The research proposal seeks to analyse the ways in which Bolivian immigrant women interact with the policies of the Unified Health System (SUS) from the reconstruction of their therapeutic itineraries. The proposed methodology consists of a brief ethnographic fieldwork, in-depth interviews with Bolivian women and participant observation in Basic Health Units (BHU) and hospitals located in the central region of São Paulo. Considering the different social markers of difference and the different dimensions in which inequalities operate and combine in given contexts, the proposal seeks to contribute to the research line by providing a knowledge of public policies based on people's use of them, identifying obstacles and strengths and making visible, at the same time, the political agency of these people. The focus on the migrant population is due to a growing problem in the world's metropolises, and particularly to a reality that in Brazil leads to urgent reflections on how to include these populations. The study of therapeutic itineraries is a theoretical-methodological-analytical tool of great relevance because from its reconstruction it is possible not only to access the various forms of interaction between subjects and policies but also to the different everyday worlds where people develop their life and also interact with other policies through various services. Thus, the deep knowledge of the praxis of therapeutic itineraries is an input to public policies of enormous wealth, since it allows understanding how these policies actually operate. Finally, this research proposal aims to contribute to the knowledge of the interactions between vulnerable populations and health policies focused on Bolivian immigrant women.

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GOFEN, ANAT; LOTTA, GABRIELA; MARCHESINI DA COSTA, MARCELO. Working through the fog of a pandemic: Street-level policy entrepreneurship in times of crises. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, . (19/13439-7)
LOTTA, GABRIELA; PIRES, ROBERTO; HILL, MICHAEL; MOLLER, MARIE OSTERGAARD. econtextualizing street-level bureaucracy in the developing worl. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND DEVELOPMENT, v. 42, n. 1, SI, . (19/13439-7)
KRIEGER, MORGANA G. MARTINS; WENHAM, CLARE; NACIF PIMENTA, DENISE; NKYA, THERESIA E.; SCHALL, BRUNAH; NUNES, ANA CAROLINA; DE MENEZES, ANA; LOTTA, GABRIELA. How do community health workers institutionalise: An analysis of Brazil's CHW programme. GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH, . (19/24495-5, 19/13439-7)
SPINK, PETER; LOTTA, GABRIELA; BURGOS, FERNANDO. Institutional vulnerability and trust in public agencies: Views from both sides of the street. GOVERNANCE-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLICY ADMINISTRATION AND INSTITUTIONS, v. 34, n. 4, . (19/13439-7, 17/24750-0)
GOFEN, ANAT; LOTTA, GABRIELA; MARCHESINI DA COSTA, MARCELO. Working through the fog of a pandemic: Street-level policy entrepreneurship in times of crises. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, v. 99, n. 3, SI, p. 484-499, . (19/13439-7)
LOTTA, GABRIELA; COELHO, VERA S. P.; BRAGE, EUGENIA. How COVID-19 Has Affected Frontline Workers in Brazil: A Comparative Analysis of Nurses and Community Health Workers. JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE POLICY ANALYSIS, v. 23, n. 1, SI, . (19/13439-7)
LOTTA, GABRIELA; KIRSCHBAUM, CHARLES. How street-level bureaucrats use conceptual systems to categorise clients. POLICY AND POLITICS, v. 49, n. 4, p. 531-551, . (19/13439-7, 17/24750-0)
GABRIELA LOTTA; CHARLES KIRSCHBAUM. Dois pesos e duas medidas na sala de aula: análise das redes sociossemânticas de categorização operadas por professores. Rev. Adm. Pública, v. 56, n. 1, p. 100-133, . (13/07616-7, 19/13439-7)

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