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lands, exchanges and consideration: everyday production of territory

Grant number: 20/11197-3
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2020
Effective date (End): March 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Rural Anthropology
Principal researcher:Nashieli Cecilia Rangel Loera
Grantee:Nashieli Cecilia Rangel Loera
Host: Alain Supiot
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: Institut d’Etudes Avancées de Nantes, France  

Abstract

In the last 35 years the rural region of Pontal de Paranapanema, in São Paulo state, has had the largest amount of land distributed (settlements) to land claimants participating in social movements of rural workers. In this region, settlements are closely linked to each other through a network of relatives, friends, acquaintances and also through houses located in small towns or nearby communities, forming in this way a larger shared territory. This research project seeks to explore from an ethnographic perspective the social mechanisms that enable the existence of these mutually interconnected spaces and life in common. One of these mechanisms seems to be the persistence of requesting and exchanging, a practice that produces vicinity and also translates precise calculations: a particular knowledge about the others' needs and a 'consideration' or a certain kind of daily care in relation to the other. In this way, this proposal poses, on the one hand, a methodological challenge, that of capturing the contingent nature of interactions, relationships that enable more or less lasting links and produce a common space and shared temporalities. On the other hand, there is a broader theoretical challenge: that of inquiring about the mutual constitution of people and territories, and in this entanglement, the production of rights and social demands. (AU)

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