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From social abjection to glamour: Brazilian male homosexuality in the 20th century

Grant number: 19/11952-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2020
Effective date (End): December 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Social Psychology
Principal Investigator:Nelson da Silva Junior
Grantee:Felipe de Britto Maiello
Host Institution: Instituto de Psicologia (IP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The present project's scope is to find the motive in which social markers of difference anchor the discursive representations of Brazilian male homosexuality in the 20th century. In order to accomplish this we propose to study the Freudian concept of "narcissism of small differences" and the conceitual formulation of social abjection present in the work of Judith Butler. The key to our understanding will be interpreting sexuality as being established through the production of "modes of subjetivation" and, to help our study, we will be guided by two names which accompany the representations referring to male homosexuality: bicha and entendido. This study will be done through a bibliographical revision of the following themes: discursive representation of Brazilian male homosexuality in the 20th century, through social markers of difference; the production of subjectivity from consumer goods; and the concept of social abjection. (AU)

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